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Mazda dials up the power for MX-5

Mazda dials up the power for MX-5 image

Anton Andres / Mazda | June 13, 2018 13:25

Updated Mazda MX-5 gains a 22 horsepower upgrade

Some say the Mazda MX-5 doesn't need a lot of power to be enjoyable. With its lightweight chassis and the classic rear-wheel drive layout, it's a fun steer despite just having 160 PS on paper. However, the folks from Mazda decided to give it a power bump nonetheless, and a significant one at that.

For the next model year, the world's best-selling roadster gains a substantial 22 PS hike while torque is up by 4 Nm. This brings its output to a healthy 182 PS and 205 Nm of torque from its 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine. It's a big jump in power and it was done without the aid of a turbocharger.

So how did Mazda eke more power out of the 2.0-liter mill? The 2018 MX-5 comes with new pistons and connecting rods, as well as a revamped exhaust. The weight of the parts were also reduced which, according to Mazda, frees up the engine to a redline of 7,500 RPM, up from the 6,800 RPM figure of the current model. Like the current model, the upgraded MX-5 can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

This updated 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine is only available in the RF (Retractable Fastback) model in Japan. However, it is likely that the more powerful engine might eventually make its way into the soft top in the coming months. Speaking of soft tops, Mazda now offers a 'Caramel' color for the top as an option. Also, the revised MX-5 now comes with telescopic wheel adjustment and the i-Activ sense safety package which includes Advanced Smart-City-brake-support (Advanced SCBS),lane departure warning system (LDWS), and adaptive headlights.