Mazda MX-5 2019 gets more power!


The Mazda MX-5 has been around for a few decades now, and in all that time it has cemented itself to be one of the best driver’s cars you can buy on the cheap! Just a few years ago the MX-5 faced competition from rivals like the MR-2 from Toyota or the Barchetta from Fiat. Fast forward to 2018, and those models are nowhere to seen any more; discontinued by their manufacturers because they just couldn’t match the fun-loving formula that Mazda applies so well in the MX-5. The fourth generation Mazda MX-5/Miata has been on sale for around four years now, and its been doing pretty well outselling its rivals. But for 2019 the MX-5 returns to us but with more power, always a welcome addition.

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Official numbers for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 have been released from the manufacturer, and the nippy little roadster has gotten the power upgrade some argue it so desperately needed. Mazda has reworked the MX-5’s Skyactiv-G 2.0 litre engine to improve response, performance, feel and efficiency. As a result of this update, the perky little engine now produces 181bhp and 151 lb-ft of torque. While that is only an increase of 3 lb-ft of torque from the previous engine, it gains a massive 26bhp in this specification. But something that might be even more refreshing to hear is that Mazda has actually upped the redline limit of the engine from 6,800rpm to a massive 7,500rpm. We also get a brand new fruitier exhaust system that Mazda says delivers a “richer sound quality“. Mazda says these changes make the Miata/MX-5…

quicker, more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive

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It still remains to be seen whether or not this power bump will have any effect at performance whatsoever. The current MX-5/Miata needs 7.3 seconds to reach 100kph(62mph) and tops out at 214kph (133 mph). Alongside an updated engine there is a brand new brown canvas soft top option, in addition to brand new 17-inch wheels that feature a darker finish, a new telescoping steering wheel with 1.62 inches of travel, revised cupholders and seat levers, and some “easier to open doors” whatever that entails. All trim levels will now include a backup camera as standard, and optional equipment now includes Traffic Sign Recognition, Smart City Brake Support in addition to a host of other ActiveSense Safety Technology that is available across different trim levels. Pricing and official specifications for the 2019 Mazda MX-5/Miata are yet to be announced.

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