The 2017 Mazda Miata is faster than many 1980s Corvettes, the original Lamborghini Countach, and many other solidly proven performance cars from our history in a straight line. But how does it do against 707 hp muscle cars on a twisty racetrack? Motor Trend decided to find out.
The publication took the Mazda Miata RF and the Hellcat Charger to the Streets of Willow, a racetrack with a lot of turns. They were there to run the Mita against a worthy rival, the newly improved Toyota 86. You can read about that match up in our prior story. Or read our own real-world comparison of the Subaru BRX to the Miata. While they were there, they decided to see how the Hellcat Charger might hold up on the same twisty racecourse. Jason Cammisa wondered aloud if Jonny Lieberman could keep up with the Miata's pace in the muscle car Hellcat. Lieberman replied, "I'll crush it."
Camissa called the Hellcat "A Lazy Boy with a jet pack on it. Dumbest car ever." While we won't agree with that assertion, we will say that the Hellcat is not the best SRT in a turn. It's not the worst muscle car in a turn either, and it has insane brakes to help out the massive power. The problem, if it is one, is that the pace Lieberman was to match was laid down by retired pro racer, Randy Probst.
If you know Cammisa and Liberman, then you know this is all in fun. Still, the results are pretty telling. Watch and find out who wins, Miata or Hellcat in this performance car matchup.