Report confirms Mazda Miata update with 181 hp, higher redline

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

For the first time ever in a Miata, the 2019 auto will apparently come with a telescoping steering wheel which should make life a lot more comfortable for anyone bigger than Mazda's most diminutive test pilots.

For the last 30 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has prided itself on nimble handling, not prodigious power.

The Mazda MX-5 looks set for a substantial update with a significant power boost, according to news issued by Japanese vehicle magazine auto Watch.

Articles posted on the outlet's website claim that 2.0-litre versions of the MX-5 will soon pack 181bhp and 205Nm of torque, with the engine's redline moving up too, from 6,800rpm to a heady 7,500rpm. Performance figures for either vehicle have not yet been published.

2019 Mazda MX-5 to feature more powerful 2.0-litre
Report confirms Mazda Miata update with 181 hp, higher redline

Improving performance, Mazda installed stiffer valve springs and sped up the valve timing.

Other under-the-hood improvements reportedly include connecting rods that are now 41 grams lighter, tweaked counterweight arrangements in the crankshaft, and a throttle body opening that's now 28 percent bigger.

The larger 2.0-litre engine sees a significant boost in power with new pistons that prevent knocking at higher air-fuel ratios and larger diameter intake and exhaust runners for improved combustion. Of more interest is the addition of a telescopically adjustable steering rack - a common bugbear of the current auto. With a range of nearly 1.2 inches, the feature gives drivers a little more versatility in their seating position.

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