Mazda MX-5's power bump 'confirmed,' plus telescoping steering wheel

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Changes to the 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder are extensive and include lighter pistons and connecting rods, stiffer valve springs, and an enlarged exhaust port and manifold.

The company was coy on the latter figure but the updated engine now produces "15% or more" horsepower.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will see output bumped up to 181 horsepower, redline climb to 7,500 rpm, and the model's first telescoping steering wheel offer relief for taller drivers, a new Japanese press release for the auto seems to finally confirm. Its output has risen to 184 HP (181-hp expected in the U.S.) delivered at 7,000rpm and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft). Before, the engine was making 158 HP (155-hp in the U.S) and 200 Nm on the dot.

The dashboard in the 2019 Japanese-market Mazda MX-5
The dashboard in the 2019 Japanese-market Mazda MX-5

Mazda also has revised the silencer setup to improve the engine's note, and ensure "feedback of the sound linked to the accelerator operation is more intensely felt, and you can enjoy a sense of unity with the vehicle".

A telescoping steering wheel, never before offered in an MX-5, will also debut, and help the auto better accommodate taller drivers, plus the wheels will come in a new colour, apparently. Customers will also be able to order a brown soft top, a tan leather interior and 16-inch aluminum wheels with black metallic accents. It features auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert and lane departure warning.

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