Sports car's 2.0-litre engine gets a boost from 158bhp to 181bhp; torque also increases slightly and exhaust note has been tweaked

Mazda has revealed that the updated MX-5, which is due on sale in August, will get a 15% hike in power, taking its more powerful 2.0-litre Skyactiv engine to 181bhp from the current 158bhp.

Improved combustion, a higher redline of 7500rpm (up from 6800rpm) and tweaked accelerator response all contribute to the revised MX-5’s new performance. The exhaust note has been fettled, too.

Torque increases by around 4lb ft to 151lb ft, although Mazda hasn’t revealed any new performance figures for the revised car. Top speed will rise from the current 133mph, while acceleration will be clipped closer to 7.0sec from 7.3sec.

For the first time, the MX-5 will also get automatic emergency braking for both forward and reverse gears, a reversing camera, a driver attention monitor and traffic sign recognition.

A brown roof will also be available, while the wheels will be finished in darker paint.

The changes will apply to both the standard MX-5 and MX-5 RF.

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20 June 2018

 BBR.......been tuning them for years!

Peter Cavellini.


20 June 2018

They’re currently getting well ovdf 200bhp from the two litre without forced induction. It would be great if they could hit 250. Worth saving up for. 

20 June 2018

Sadly, this might also be the final nail in the Toyota GT86s coffin.



20 June 2018

Or a ten percent  hike in power could restore the power differential between the BRZ/GT86 and the MX-5

20 June 2018

20% more power plus 50% more torque. Would transform the performance of the GT86 withouth making it so powerful for it to be scary to exploid on a road.

20 June 2018
Surely you aren't seriously suggesting ruining the GT86 with a turbo? Please no...

21 June 2018
eseaton wrote:

Surely you aren't seriously suggesting ruining the GT86 with a turbo? Please no...


Turbos are excellent. No need to be scared.

Remember, it is not forced induction of it is taken willingly.

28 June 2018

Looking so beautiful this Mazda MX-5 sports car and also the color of its body is very attractive. I come here through assignment writing about my personal experience and reading about sports car is an amazing thing for me.

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