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Reviews 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: More Power, More Revs, More Brown

22:46  10 july  2018
22:46  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Purists need not worry too much , however, as all this tech only adds seven pounds to the car's curb weight which could probably be offset with a couple more trips to the gym. Quotable: "The Mazda MX - 5 Miata has never been about power ," reads a company press release.

The 2019 Mazda MX - 5 Miata will hit dealerships this fall. What's New: As we previously reported, the Miata is officially getting a substantial power bump for 2019 . Twenty-six horses more than before, to be precise, for a grand total of 181 horsepower.

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Year, Make, Model: The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will hit dealerships this fall.

What's New: As we previously reported, the Miata is officially getting a substantial power bump for 2019. Twenty-six horses more than before, to be precise, for a grand total of 181 horsepower. The Japanese roadster's 2.0-liter also gets a higher redline with a tachometer that now peters out at 7,500 rpm instead of 6,800 rpm.

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As for what software folks might call "UX enhancements," the 2019 MX-5 gets a new, optional brown soft top, black 17-inch wheels, a telescoping steering wheel (the first one ever fitted to a Miata from the factory), improved cupholders, and revised seat levers. Its doors are also apparently easier to open, somehow. Look for the MX-5's first door-opening impressions here on The Drive later this year.

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Regulatory documents suggest the 2019 MX - 5 Miata will go from 155 horsepower to 181, a huge power increase for the lightweight sports car. More From Future Cars & Spy Shots.

There's More to the 2019 Miata Than a More Powerful Engine. These are often heavier and they are always more complex. Mazda claims it’s to handle some of the noise, vibration, and harshness issues brought on by the more powerful engine.

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Mazda has also thrown a bevy of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features at its latest sports car including a standard backup camera, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Smart City Brake Support. Purists need not worry too much, however, as all this tech only adds seven pounds to the car's curb weight which could probably be offset with a couple more trips to the gym.

Quotable: "The Mazda MX-5 Miata has never been about power," reads a company press release. "It’s a car whose sole purpose is to help the driver and passenger fall in love with driving. But, a little extra power never hurts, which comes as one aspect of numerous updates for the 2019 model year."

What You Need to Know: According to Mazda, all of the Miata's under-the-hood improvements were achieved thanks to pistons that are now 27 grams lighter, connecting rods that have lost 41 grams of weight each, reworked intake ports, higher-pressure fuel injectors, a new dual-mass flywheel, and a new exhaust system. The car's final drive ratio has been upped from 3.454 to 3.583. If you only know some of these words, don't fret. Mazda's engineers recognize all of them and that's all that matters.

Mazda has also promised details on the 2019 MX-5 Cup race car at a later date.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Contender .
More power amps the fun factorWe've shown a lot of BDC love for the Miata, lapping six of them over the years. Only the Viper, Corvette, and 911 have garnered more invitations. The world's best-selling roadster has reached the podium twice, finishing third in 2009 and 2015. Every time this wee David takes on a field of Goliaths, we gush about its light, nimble chassis, excuse its lack of headline-grabbing horsepower, and crab about its excessive body roll.

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