Within the automotive industry and among driving enthusiasts, the Mazda MX-5 is often described as being one of the most fun cars to drive. Equally widespread, however, is the belief that it could benefit from a boost in power.
Mazda, it appears, has been listening.
The fourth-generation MX-5, which debuted in 2016, is coming due for a mid-life refresh, and Mazda is issuing the occasion to introduce some significant revisions under the hood that will enhance performance.
The gains announced by the manufacturer are not puny. The 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that currently offers an output of 155 hp and 148 lb-ft, will in 2019 see those numbers jump to 181 hp and 151 lb-ft. The gains come courtesy of new cylinders, pistons and rods.
Fans of the musical output of the MX-5 engine should also be happy, as the RPM limit jumps from 6,800 to 7,500 RPM.
There are other changes coming to the 2019 MX-5 as well, such as a telescopic steering wheel, an upgraded info screen, new exterior and interior colours and a wider range of drive assist systems.
The 2019 edition of the MX-5 will go on sale in Japan this July. Details regarding the North American version will be known later on, but it’s expected it will get roughly the same modifications.
It’s an understatement to say we’re impatient to get our hands on the more-powerful new MX-5! Meantime, though, you can check out our recent review of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF.