Mazda gives the MX-5 more horsepower, tech for 2019

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Mazda gives the MX-5 more power, tech for 2019

MX-5 fans rejoice! Mazda has just confirmed that the upgraded 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine for the MX-5 will also reach international markets besides Japan. Set to receive the more powerful MX-5 will be the North American and European markets.

First made available for the Japanese market several weeks ago, the uprated 2.0-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv motor now comes with lighter pistons and connecting rods. It also benefits from a revised valvetrain and exhaust system.

Compared to the pre-updated version, the more powerful SkyActiv engine now has an increased valve opening angle and valve lift. Meanwhile, the inner diameter of the exhaust manifold has been made bigger. Thanks to these, Mazda claimed the MX-5 has reduced exhaust loss for improved power output.

Apart from those upgrades, the engine also has better combustion thanks to reconfigured intake ports and higher-pressure fuel injectors. The result is 184 PS at 7000 rpm along with a healthy 205 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. This equates to a total increase of 24 PS and 5 Nm, along with a higher engine redline that is now rated at 7500 rpm (previous engine only had a 6800 rpm redline).

Besides the engine itself, Mazda was also busy tinkering with the MX-5's drivetrain. The final drive ratio has been increased from 3.454 to 3.583 while the single-mass flywheel has been replaced with a smoother, more responsive dual-mass flywheel. Topping it all off is a new exhaust system which Mazda said has a richer sound quality.

Over to safety the 2019 MX-5 can now come with the following equipment: reverse camera, Traffic Sign Recognition, Smart City Brake support (which acts as the car's rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking) and Driver Attention Alert.

Other new additions that will be made available in the 2019 MX-5 include a new brown canvass soft-top, black metallic 17-inch alloy wheels, telescopic steering rack, easier-to-open doors and redesigned cupholders.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will go on sale in Europe starting August 2018 while the North American market will get their hands on the upgraded roadster around Q4 of this year. Other markets such as the Philippines could receive them at a later date.

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