A Japanese motoring show, complete with titles in comic fonts, put three racing pilots behind the wheels of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (Toyota 86, in this case) for three laps of the 2.1-mile East Road Course at Twin Ring Motegi. Of course the segment producers know that putting the 167-horsepower roadster against the 200-hp coupes isn't exactly fair, so they gave the Mazda a small head start of about three grid positions.

Ex-sports car racer Takayuki Kinoshita handles the Mazda, former open-wheel pilot Naoki Hattori drives the BRZ, and former Le Mans-class winner Keiichi Tsuchiya gets fast and loose in the FR-S. The drivers offer copious on-track commentary, but it's in Japanese. That said, watching the MX-5 try to stay in front and watching Tsuchiya start drifting are universal gearhead languages. You'll find the action after the jump.



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      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now THAT is a great demonstration of pure awesomeness if I ever seen one. Problem, haters?
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      AAHHHH SHIFTO MISSAAAA!!!! Still, even after the Miata losing I'd still take the now ancient NC Miata. I've always had a soft spot for Miatas, and I own a '90 NA.
      Neit Nieves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know the RX-8 will be out of production soon but I believe it is a much better match for the 86 twins. Similar power to weight ratios and all.
      speddedler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't speak a lick of Japanese, but that first guy said 'Godzilla'.
      りんたろうわん
      • 2 Years Ago
      In this race, BRZ/86 used eco tires same as Prius. MX-5 used Potenza RE050.
        yyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @りんたろうわん
        Interesting. Are you saying that the BRZ/86 come standard with those tires or that the TV show put those tires on to make the race more competitive?
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @りんたろうわん
        They are not really 'eco' tires, the Primacy HP is a Grand Touring summer tire with a tread rating of 240 (so they're sticky, but not a 'performance' tire).
      • 2 Years Ago
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      there is no spoon
      • 2 Years Ago
      What Japanese show is this? It looks like Best Motoring, but wasn't that cancelled? It also looks like the same show that does the Hot Version videos in Japan. Anybody?
        SingleCarb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @there is no spoon
        Its called Best Motor TV, and goes on japanese BS NTV channel. (from Youtube coment XD)
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like leaving traction control on accounts for the time differences between the BRZ and 86. I'm still impressed that the Mazda kept up with less power and a worse drag coefficient from the soft top.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
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        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        @ SVX, but it's not so who cares.
      Ridgie30
      • 2 Years Ago
      A great video none the less...despite all the bloggy banter...the fact I have no idea in hell what they are saying makes it better actually. They are obviously having fun...It would be cool to throw in something that buyers of these cars might also consider, but from a different continent...i.e. a VW GTI or similar...just to add to the bedlam...
        Randy915
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        I wonder how a GTI would do against these 2 newcomers.
      Slideways
      • 2 Years Ago
      After Best Motoring had it's plug pulled... it's good to see Tsuchiya and Hattori back in another car show !
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't an RX-8 be a a better match? It is still being sold new, albeit barely. Of course the MX-5 Miata came in last place. It wasn't demolished, but it is behind on the weight/HP ratio compared to the others.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        I'd like to see that race too with a few added to the bunch: Toyobaru twins, MX5, RX-8, MR-S, S2000, and [naturally] a Genesis Coupe. The race should be on Suzuka since it has a nice mix of technical turns and a few long straights to level the playing field for the porky Gen'Coupe.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
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          Neit Nieves
          • 2 Years Ago
          SVX, You got the Automatic RX-8 numbers here. Manual it's 232 hp / 159 lb-ft 3059 lbs weight. 13.2 lbs per hp BRZ 2712 lbs / 200 hp = 13.5 lbs per hp which I think is much better matched
          • 2 Years Ago
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          oRenj9
          • 2 Years Ago
          The AT engine has more torque but a 7k redline, which is what kills hp.
          Thenewblack
          • 2 Years Ago
          Specs-wise the RX8 matches well, but it's price is 3-4k more than the these cars. Also, it's no longer a competitor on the market since it's almost gone.
      SCOTTM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks fun to me. I'll take a high strung, light weight 4 banger over a a much heavier car with a v6 , even if the weight/power ratio is more favorable because there's a lot more to driving excitement than pure power. The dynamics of this car look great. The slight power deficit is nothing that can't be fixed with a few bolton modifications. Anyway, I think it's worth the price. I would even take it over a used S2000.
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