Mazda MX-5 finally debuts, rocking 181 horsepower

Doris Richards
June 20, 2018

The Mazda MX-5 roadster has been given a significant power boost - confiming the news leaked from a Japanese magazine last week. It appears Mazda wants to address said power, among other changes, with a host of updates on the 2019 MX-5 - a vehicle that marks four model years into the current generation and almost 30 calendar years since the first-gen original hit USA shores. Power is boosted from 158bhp to 181bhp, while torque is up by five newton metres (to 205Nm) as well.

The 2,0-litre mill is now "higher-revving and acoustically tuned", with maximum engine speed raised from 6 800 to 7 500 r/min, peak power hiked from 118 to 135 kW (the latter at 7 000 as opposed to 6 000 r/min) and maximum torque increased from 200 to 205 N.m (at 4 000 rpm, some 600 units lower than before).

A new brown canvas top option will presumably accompany some new paint finish options, but we'll have to wait until closer to the 2019's release (this fall) to see for certain. On the more practical side of things, the steering column is slated to gain reach adjustment for the first time. Now standard is a a rear-view camera along with a telescoping steering wheel-a huge upgrade for those who have traditionally struggled to fit into the tight cabin.

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Mazda says the naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder features "improved combustion and greater torque", and complies with new WLTP test cycle.

Exact prices and specs will be revealed in the coming weeks, before cars start to arrive in dealers in August.

When Mazda went back to the basics on its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, we deemed it a mighty fine, if modestly powered, effort. As soon as there's news on United Kingdom prices and spec, you'll be the first to know!

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