• USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 10/19/2011 11:46am PDT

    Mazda needs to put some of that "Zoom,Zoom" into the Miata by putting the Mazda Speed turbo into the Miata!!

  • Davez621 avatar Davez621 Posted: 10/19/2011 12:43am PDT

    Mazda has NOT had a 5-speed automatic since 1983!! The world's first 5-speed automatic wasn't introduced until 1990 by BMW. Up until a few years ago, Mazda were using 4-speeds on most of their cars.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 10/22/2011 10:54am PDT

    David,
    You're right; the transmission that Mazda offered in 1983 was definitely not a five-speed unit (it had three speeds). But throughout the past couple of decades, many automakers made 4- and 5-speed automatics by adding components but keeping the existing basic design. The point is, there haven't been all that many clean-slate, completely new automatics -- they come along once every few vehicle cycles -- and the Skyactiv six-speed is one of them.