The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF passes the dreaded “moose test” with flying colors.
This is probably not a surprising outcome, considering the MX-5 has always been a car that prides itself on superior handling. At just under 2,400 lbs soaking wet, the Miata is a tiny roadster that will make you feel like you’re driving a supercar as you pull dead insects out from between your teeth.
However, all that lightness makes close encounters with a moose a deadly scenario. Moose are already obstacles that can easily crush the driver of an SUV thanks to the fact that it’s essentially 1,000 lbs of meat raised up on stilt-like legs, but such a creature could utterly crush an MX-5 if one were to strike it.
What the MX-5 lacks in anti-moose armor it more than makes up for in speed. This particular model is the 2018 RF, which means it has a less powerful version of the 2.0-L SkyActiv G 4-cylinder engine that propels the new 2019 refresh. But even with a couple fewer horses, this roadster is plenty fast and still plenty nimble.
In a new video from KM77 (by way of Motor1) we get to see just how nimble the MX-5 can be. The first test pits the Miata against a theoretical moose at 77 kph (roughly 48 mph). Without even breaking a sweat, the driver swerves out of the way, skids just a tad, and then swerves right back with enough space to come to a standstill.
The second test at 80 kph (50 mph) goes much the same way. Only when we get to the third test at 86 kph (53.5 mph) do we see the MX-5 suffer even a tiny flaw as it kicks out a single pylon. The driver seems to struggle on the return swerve slightly, but the car still survives with room to spare and earns a “good” rating for the test.
On the slalom course, the MX-5 is in its element. Maintaining a velocity in the mid-40s, the roadster easily crisscrosses the pylons without a single issue.
The new 2019 MX-5 comes with 181 hp, so just imagine what the car can do with 26 more ponies at its beck and call.