I have been a lurker for some time, and recently sold my NB mk2.5 1.8, just before the Covid thing hit. I intend getting an NC with powered hard top, and there are a few for sale that I would have seen and possibly bought had we not been in lock down. I have spent a lot of time on research, but something that you just can’t tell from paper… What is the 1.8NC like compared to the NB1.8, engine performance wise?
I loved my Mk2.5 - but I would not have wanted it to be any slower. Not looking for a speed fiend or track car or anything like that, more for a Sunday country lane two up cruise - maybe with some motorway to get to where we want to cruise, but I am put off the NC1.8 because on paper it looks slower than my old car - is it in real life?
Am pretty much restricting my searches to the 2.0 version because of the power (and the LSD) but I may be missing some potential 1.8 bargains out there that I would be perfectly happy with.
And on the subject of the LSD, is it worth having on the NC - my understanding of the older ones was that they tended to fail by 80/90k.
Just for reference, the only MX5 I have ever driven was my mk2.5 1.8 but I am in my 50s and have driven and tracked many other cars/bikes. The NC would not be my only car.