How do you take a good thing, no, a great thing and make it better? You give it more power and torque. A simple “mans” solution to an age-old problem when it comes to vehicles. So Mazda didn’t reinvent the solution. They gave the proverbial all-time best roadster on the market exactly what the critics have been begging for, gobs more horsepower and torque. In fact, nearly another 30 ponies and another 3 more lb-ft of grunt, for 181 hp and 151 lb-ft. The torque increase is nominal, but, the revised torque curve means more of it is available on the low end and carries through the rev range. To round out these figures Mazda increased the MX-5’s redline from 6,800 rpm to 7,500 rpm. This will only allow you to relish the revised exhaust note that much longer, as you slide the shifter through its gates one gear after the next.
Throw in a host of other engine management and parts goodies and what you have is a better sounding, quicker revving, and more efficient engine; making this two-seater, open top gem, even more, fun to drive.
The fairer sex at good old Mazda’s MX-5 Development team did not let things end there. They ensured the 2019 MX-5 looks better by adding an optional brown canvas soft top, new black metallic 16 and 17-inch wheels and of course, most importantly, revised cup holders. In order to ensure all the fun to be had can be done in the safest and most responsible way possible, the 2019 MX-5 will have a host of safety and driver aid upgrades, including a revised rear-view camera system, traffic sign recognition and “Smart City Brake Support”. Sticking with the increased horsepower theme, the 2019 MX-5 adheres to what Mazda calls “Jinba Ittai—”horse and rider as one”. This being Mazda’s MX-5 engineering philosophy, makes for a more nimble, responsive and quicker sports car promising only to increase the Zoom Zoom fun factor we have come to expect from the Miata, sorry MX-5. What I am looking forward to is seeing how this additional fun factor squares up against the MX-5’s sister car the Fiat 124 Spider that has always had more power on tap, albeit in turbocharged form.
One more thing, if the Mazda team can look into it for those of us who are north of six feet in height; any chance you could throw in height adjustable seats that can be lowered close to the floor pan? Just so we can bring the top back up without having to duck. Just a humble suggestion.