Power up front, drive to the back, a stick-shift in the middle – it’s how nature intended sports cars to be. And these two purist offerings – the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and the updated 2017 Subaru BRZ – are true to that formula.
Both of these Japanese, sporty, fun and affordable cars may follow the same path towards inducing grins, particularly when fitted with manual gearboxes as our test cars are, but there are some fairly large differences between them.
The Mazda MX-5 RF has a hardtop roof, albeit one that can be stowed away if you’d prefer some open-top motoring. The Subaru BRZ, on the other hand, has rear seats and a bigger boot for the semblance of extra practicality. And a permanent roof.
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