Credit it to the mid-life crisis or a genuine lust for excitement, but sports cars have always been some of the most coveted vehicles available. While a crossover craze comes and goes every once in a blue moon, the sports cars remain. Whether on the cover of a magazine or a wall poster (both of which are endangered species these days, by the way), the sports cars keep reminding us of their genuine appeal. Another reason they’ve been so popular over the years is the fact some of them have been thoroughly excellent in almost every conceivable way. Most of them still are, and despite their market share being rather marginal compared to some other, more popular segments, there’s no reason to fear for them. The sports cars have overcome even the biggest of obstacles and they’ll continue doing so in future as well. Here are some of the best 2020 sports cars that are heading our way.
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The iconic Mazda Miata is currently enjoying life in its fourth-generation. Available since the Spring of 2015, the fourth-gen MX-5 ND hasn’t yet received a styling makeover. And why should it?! The 2-door roadster or retractable fastback (fancy name for a power-folding targa top) both look stunning for a compact sports car that’s starting from just north of $25,000 or $32,000 respectively. It also performs in a corresponding manner, offering its owners the ultimate handling in what’s arguably one of the most fun packages currently available on the market. The 2020 Mazda Miata will only continue treading on a cemented path its predecessors have so admirably established. However, as of MY 2019, the Miata does feature one or two all-new bits – most notably the first-ever telescoping steering column in a Miata. The new models also sport a revised exhaust system to better channel the upgraded engine’s output.
Speaking of which, the latest MX-5 Miatas now crank out 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of twist which is 26 horsepower and 3 lb-ft more than what the 2018-year and prior models had offered. The Miata’s 2.0L inline-four engine remains unchanged on paper, but in truth it was heavily reworked in order to deliver the extra juice. It has a new low-inertia dual-mass flywheel instead of a single-mass unit, 18-percent larger intake valves, larger exhaust valves and ports, lighter pistons, and many more upgrades. All this hasn’t only resulted in increased power, but in a higher redline as well. The outgoing models maxed out at 6,800 rpm, whereas the new Miata redlines at 7,500 rpm. Not only that, it actually thrives at a higher rpm, and that’s one of the biggest reasons it’s so popular. The fact it’s always been available with a proper 6-speed stick has been a helpful factor as well. Of course, an optional 6-speed automatic is also available but it’ll cost you between $600 and $1,250 depending on the chosen trim level.