Originally Posted by Iron Man
So why would Mazda take the time to develop a low volume platform specific RWD chassis for their Miata roadster, when they could have better performance from one of their existing FWD platforms that were readily available? Oh right, because RWD handles better...
I believe it is because they have a big following of people used to Miata being rwd. Z2 is a new car so it does not need to compromise anything for historical reasons. Moreover Bmw has rwd Z4 for those who want to have Bmw and rwd.
Miata owners don't even know how to drive fwd fast