Mazda gives Roadster a lift

30 November 2018
Bay of Plenty Times

Performance and specification updates are on their way for Model Year 19 versions of the Mazda MX-5 Roadster and the MX-5 RF hardtop coupe bodystyle.

International information confirms Mazda has boosted the output of both SkyActiv-G engines offered in MX-5 models. The output of the 2.0-litre increases from 118kW to 135kW and there is also a 5Nm rise in peak torque to 205Nm.

Seeking to replicate the free-revving feel of the 1.5-litre unit, Mazda engineers have revised the SkyActiv-G 2.0 to offer an increased red line to 7500rpm.

The comprehensive update saw changes made to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, achieving increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and a mechanical friction reduction.

The performance gains are smaller for the entry level 1.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm.

To match the extra power, both manual and automatic transmissions have been revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel.

Shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.

Deepening the connection between car and driver further, the Mazda MX5 also gains telescopic steering adjustment, making it easier to find the ideal driving position.

Mazda MX-5's five star ANCAP safety rating has also been bolstered, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades, and more advanced i-ActivSense safety technologies to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

Inside the detachable cup holders have been made more rigid for less wobble and easier to fasten and remove, while seat levers have thicker internal frames to give a more assured feel when making seat position adjustments.

Visually the biggest change identifying the upgraded MX-5 range are new 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheel designs with black metallic and bright silver finish included in the range.

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