The latest Deadly Rivals
episode from Evo
gets the Mazda MX-5 Miata
and Toyota GT86
(our Scion FR-S
) on track for a shakedown and a whole lot of drifting with Dan Prosser behind the wheel. The UK-spec coupes have slightly different power ratings than ours, but it's all close enough to be comparable. Their Miata has 158 horsepower (ours has 155), 148 pound-feet of torque, takes 7.3 seconds to run from naught to
62, and costs 22,695 pounds.
The GT86, on the other hand, lists a 7.6-second dash to
62, and a base price of 25,000 pounds. The GT86 also weighs 400 pounds more than the Mazda
. That's true in the States, too – curb weight for our MX-5
is 2,332 pounds, whereas the Scion FR-S
comes in at 2,758 pounds.
Both cars lauded for excellent shifting, but one of them has a better front end, a sweeter engine note, more controllable cornering behavior, and is faster by a tenth of a second around the test track. And Prosser doesn't mention it, but one has a lot more body roll. But it takes more than all that to make a winner, so check out the video above to see which is which.