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The Mazdaspeed version could surely pull taller gearing, which would bring the revs at 100 km/h in sixth down from the 3,100 rpm into a quieter, more fuel-efficient range.
that has got to be a mistake, no? a 6 speed at 62mph pulls 3100rpms in top gear?

nice article, but it would have been better with some kind of performance data.
 

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Bah.

Drove a mazdaspeed. It wouldn't take much to compete with that p.o.s. I posted my comments somewhere here, was definitely not impressed.

only 37 extra hp, but 25-40 more lbs weight. Lo-7/hi-6 0-60's, skittery handling... crappy pedal placement and the ever-present "wearability" rather than getting in. It's very cramped.

A nice 70-80 horsepower boost to the solstice and the performance will be in honda s2000 territory. That's what it should be aspiring or competing with. A honda s2000 will severely trounce a mazdaspeed in all but the absolute tightest courses or a 15 cone slalom.

solstice as introduced will probably beat the current Miata - it had better, because Mazda is working on the next gen miata and so on...

The mazdaspeed was rather underwhelming. Short useable range, long delay until you feel the turbo, then zip and you're banging redline. Yawn.
 
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