The 2019 Mazda MX-5 might sweeten the deal for its fans, as the popular compact roadster might potentially be put into production with a decent increase in power over its predecessor.
The MX-5 has long been a popular car among its core audience when it comes to driving pleasure.
Many of us, remember the days when it was just called the Miata when Mazda started with the ZOOM!, ZOOM! marketing that etched permanently into our minds.
The car features great balance and suburb handling characteristics that make it a great value for those wanting to explore those twisty back country roads.
As great of a driving machine as the MX lineup has been over the years, it has always lacked one important aspect, and that is more power.
Whether it’s the Sport, Club, or Grand Touring editions, the 2018 Miata packs a 155 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder engine based on the SKYACTIV-G framework.
It’s hard to get excited about those numbers for a sports car especially when considering the starting price of about $26k CAD.
When I was about 19 or 20, I remember a friend with deep mechanical knowledge always telling me it’s not necessarily about how much power an engine can produce, but where it sits in the rev-range.
And that seems to have sat well with the MX-5 over the years. Not only is it lightweight, but it comes with the option for a manual transmission, which only adds to the fun.
That 155 hp, comes in at a respectable 6,000 rpm, and the 148 lb-ft torque comes in at 4,600 rpm. To get the most out of the car, you’ll have to keep it in that range.
Now, if these rumors are anything to go by, the 2019 MX-5 should see its horsepower jump to 181 hp.
While not anything to get excited about to the majority of you TechMalak readers, as we all go crazy over the extreme end of the spectrum, 181 horsepower in the Miata will be enough to get the car’s core audience excited, and that’s what is most important to Mazda.
A few years ago, Mazda announced that it had plans to introduce carbon fiber into the MX-5, which is a recipe for driving enjoyment. More power in a lightweight body is what’s going to keep the MX-5’s sales strong into the foreseeable future.
Mazda is a company with a deep history of Motorsports, and they have the knowledge and expertise to create a winning formula. Think back to the early 90s with the Mazda 787B prototypes that competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
They have combined their decades-long knowledge of the track and implementing it into their road cars.
While the 2019 MX-5 won’t be for everyone, we have to give it up to Mazda for creating a solid product, tailored specifically to a dedicated fanbase.