Probably the most well-liked sports activities automobiles amongst automobile fanatics and journalists is the Mazda MX-5. Not solely is it a riot to drive but it surely’s additionally inexpensive and bulletproof dependable. In terms of smiles-per-dollar (Sure, I heard it, too. Don’t fear I hate myself as a lot as you do), the MX-5 is sort of unimaginable to beat. You’d need to go together with an older, way more highly effective sports activities automobile second-hand to match the MX-5’s enjoyable/worth proposition. On this video from Throttle Home, we see what a modified E46 BMW M3 Convertible can do up in opposition to the brand-new MX-5.
TH’s Thomas owns the E46 M3 Convertible and he purchased it with excessive mileage and has then modified it fairly a bit. Sadly, it’s not in the most effective of form and really has fairly a couple of points. Whereas James’ personal Mazda MX-5 is ideal, because it’s a brand-new Mazda MX-5. Each automobiles are naturally-aspirated, each are handbook and each are rear-wheel drive. So which one is best?
The E46 BMW M3 Convertible, regardless of having many points, continues to be sooner in each take a look at, just because it has much more energy. When new, the E46 M3 made 333 horsepower from a 3.2 liter naturally-aspirated inline-six. Whereas the brand new MX-5 makes use of a 2.zero liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower. Nonetheless, the E46 M3 Convertible is way, far heavier than the MX-5 and Thomas’ is even heavier, due to its roll-cage. So whereas the M3 is quicker, it’s not a lot sooner that it’s definitely worth the headache of all the things always going mistaken.
This video is a good instance of each why you can purchase outdated efficiency automobiles and why you shouldn’t. Shopping for a used German sports activities automobile is nice enjoyable however can even result in nice complications. Lastly getting it operating proper and correctly driving it’s extremely rewarding however half the time it’s pure aggravation. Whereas not as a lot enjoyable as a purebred E46 M3, the Mazda MX-5 is worry-free, cheap and nonetheless a blast to drive.