YES! Mazda Confirms MX-5 Power Increase for the US
After all the rumors have been flying about a power bump for the 2019 Mazda MX-5, Mazda has finally confirmed it is true. The 2019 MX-5 will have a 181hp, 151 lb-ft of torque 2.0_liter SKYACTIV-G engine under the hood. Mazda promises improved response, performance, and feel from the engine.
MX-5 buyers will also get a richer torque curve across the entire rev range, which is increased to a 7,500 rpm redline from the 6,800-rpm limit in the 2018 model. The engine has reduced mass and friction to support the increased power and revs. Mazda also fits the 2019 model with a new exhaust system for improved sound.
The automatic transmission gets an increase final drive ratio, while the manual remains the same. Other changes for 2019 include an available brown canvas soft top, available black metallic 17-inch wheels, and a telescoping steering wheel with 42mm (~1.65″) of travel. The doors are easier to open, and the car sports revised door stops, cupholders, and seat levers. Despite all the new tweaks, the car is only 7 pounds heavier than the outgoing model. Pricing will be announced closer to launch this fall.