Remember the old saying "There's no replacement for displacement"? Well, it turns out that there is.
The 2018 MX-5 Miata is quicker 0-60mph than the 1970 Chevelle 454 SS. This news probably comes as no surprise to fans of the MX-5 Miata, but it might surprise others. The '70 Chevelle, with a 454 cubic inch V8 engine, was considered to be the pinnacle of muscle cars. Today, the Miata, with a 2.0L inline 4 cylinder, is quicker than a Chevelle.
To put things in perspective, 454 cubic inches is equivalent to 7.4 liters. We thought it would be fun to see how the two cars stacked up:
The charts tells the story. The Miata is much lighter than the Chevelle. It also benefits from a 6-speed manual, as opposed to either a 3 speed automatic or a 4-speed manual transmission.
The Miata and the Chevelle 454 SS are both iconic cars. Which would you rather own?