Leave it to a 2016 Mazda MX-5 GS to get me all lawless and reprobate.

img_1880Sometimes you just get a hankering, a craving, a yearning for a particular kind of thrill, for a certain je ne sais quoi. And in my case, anything that afflicts me can pretty much be cured quickly with a Mazda MX-5.

Which is how I came to pick up a 2016 Mazda MX-5 GS in Metallic Soul Red from the Mazda Canada. Some folks still call it a Miata, but all of us call it heart-stoppingly sexy and fun. That luscious sloping hood, with just the right amount of brawn, sinuously winding its way around the curves of fender. An undulating insolence follows to the tightly cinched rear, as the flippant roadster dares you to bend the rules and go ahead, live a little.

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Slipping in behind the leather-wrapped wheel was like being embraced by a naughty friend. In fact, everything fit and cradled my five-foot four-inch frame so snugly, it was hard to believe this car had not been made exactly for moi. Which is, of course, part of the MX-5’s charm. It can make you think that from concept to clay to car, you were its muse, its inspiration. And just for that, it’s going to take you for the ride of your life.

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Of course, the timing was impeccable. Here I was, just two days away from the Barbra Streisand concert. With the MX-5 at my command, I could be assured that for about a week, my feet would not be touching the ground! The combined high of live Streisand and MX-5 voodoo was sure to keep my spirit dancing above the of heads of hapless mortals for days.

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But there was work to be done, errands to run, places to go, people to meet. All week long, we ran the gauntlet of road crews, stubborn streetcars, and chaotic traffic that is downtown Toronto at its finest. True to form, the MX-5 took over my better judgement and we sprinted along congested thoroughfares with nary a care in the world, outgunning less diabolical vehicles with an exquisitely taunting raspy snarl. Our favourite trick was flouting arrogant construction workers with stop signs, who are really only killjoys hell-bent on dispensing their own little reign of terror. I’d wait until the last possible moment, as the reprobate worker stalked out onto the roadway, hoisting his obnoxious sign. Then, peering out over the divinely arched hood, I’d squeeze the clutch, thrust the gearshift (oh! those short, sweet strokes!) into first, and lay the hammer down, leaving the poor sucker in my degenerate dust.

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Towards the end of the week, I relented, and deigned to share the MX-5 with a neighbour. We peeled along the backlanes of the city down to the beach, where a fine tangle of twisty roads beckoned. My neighbour was game for some truly reprobate driving, and the MX-5 blithely massaged corners, shrieked down straightaways and generally tore up the unsuspecting asphalt. We whooped and howled around the main drag, and my neighbour reminisced about how she once dated a guy with an MX-5, which he foolishly traded in for one of those so-called premium brands. Now she’s married to a guy with a Mazda – maybe not an MX-5, but still.

And the Barbra Streisand concert? She was magnificent. Like the MX-5, Streisand is in a league of her own.

Even after all this time, she’s still the best-selling female artist, with number one albums for seven decades in a row.

You can bet that’s a hard act to follow. Unless you’re an MX-5.

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13 Comments on "Leave it to a 2016 Mazda MX-5 GS to get me all lawless and reprobate."

  1. Jeri September 13, 2016 at 12:24 am · Reply

    I’ve never driven anything like Mazda MX-5 GS, but you make it look so fun and have convinced me this car is definitely in a league of its own. I cringe to think of my dust-coated SUV sitting the garage right now 😉

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 14, 2016 at 2:27 am · Reply

      If only you lived closer, Jeri! We’d go out for a ride and have a blast. This car definitely grows on people, I’ve had some passengers who thought they could never be comfortable in something so low to the ground and sporty, and then after a quick spin, they just want to keep going to the ends of the earth!

  2. Doreen Pendgracs September 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm · Reply

    So glad you enjoyed the Streisand concert. I heard it was great! Glad you also got to whiz around in this amazing Mazda. Not my style as I need more space, but it certainly looks good on you!

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 14, 2016 at 2:25 am · Reply

      Doreen, the Streisand concert was just unbelievable, it took me days to come down from that high! And of course, bombing around the MX-5, listening to all my Babs tunes, was almost as glorious. It isn’t for everyone, to be sure, but when all you want to do is drive for the sheer fun of it – and maybe drive a little faster than you might otherwise – this fits the bill beyond perfection.

  3. Sabrina Quairoli September 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    Looks like a great car! I have never been in the Mazda MX-5 GS. I will have to test drive it soon. My hubby and I are looking for a car soon. =)

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 15, 2016 at 2:23 am · Reply

      Ooooh, any excuse to test drive an MX-5! It’s one of those cars that’s not only a hoot to drive, but is quite reliable and mechanically sound. Go for it!

  4. Ken Dowell September 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm · Reply

    I haven’t owned a Mazda since the ’90’s when I had an MX-6. That was a great car. The MC-5 looks to be as well. Love the name “metallic soul red.” So much sexier than say bright red.

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 15, 2016 at 2:26 am · Reply

      I remember the MX-6, I had an MX-3 which was sort of a pocket rocket cousin. They were such gorgeous looking cars, so very sleek, and quite the performers as well. And yes, this shade of red is a little deeper and richer than some, and of course, perfectly suits the bad-to-the-bone nature of the little beast!

  5. Debra Yearwood September 15, 2016 at 12:25 am · Reply

    What a gorgeous car. I think if I had access to one of those cars I wouldn’t have the nerve to really push her, but boy would Ii have fun trying. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 15, 2016 at 2:28 am · Reply

      Debra, it wouldn’t take long for you to fall under the spell! It’s the kind of car that really, really wants to misbehave a little, and it’s impossible not to get caught up in that. Since it’s such a responsive, beautifully handling vehicle, you’ll enjoy driving like you never have before.

  6. Donna Janke September 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm · Reply

    What a fun car. My brother-in-law in Arizona and my sister in B.C. both once owned Miatis (both red, although different shades of red). Of course, these were older models than the MX-5 you drove. When my husband and I visited my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Arizona we sometimes drove the Miati. It was great – loved the looks we got.

  7. William Rusho September 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm · Reply

    That Mazda is a nice looking car. Glad to see it has some performance as well. Thanks for sharing its story with us.

  8. Sushmita September 17, 2016 at 10:59 am · Reply

    What a car! Was not aware of the lovely beauty, thanks for sharing information and introducing it to us.

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