Mazda has announced a few tweaks to its MX-5, and the headline news is this: the range-topping engine gets more power.
Though, this is no Overnight Parts From Japan special a-la Fast and Furious, but a wee tweak to keep things spicy. The SkyActiv-G petrol 2.0-litre four-pot has had its rev limit raised to 7,500rpm – up from 6,800rpm – while power rises from 158bhp to 182bhp.
Torque too, sees a whisper of an increase: 7Nm more, to 205Nm. Mazda assures us this revised unit has also been “acoustically tuned”. Good.
The 1.5-litre has been updated too, though no specs have been given on it. No matter, you want the 2.0-litre anyway. We’re told both however, benefit from reduced throttle lag.
There’s a bit more tech thrown into the mix too. There’s pedestrian and vehicle collision detection systems – both forward and reverse – a driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition and a rearview camera.
Also a darker paint finish on both 16in and 17in alloy wheels, and a brown canopy colour for the soft-top.
No word on prices (the current soft-top 1.5-litre SE starts at £18,795 (RM99,000), the 2.0-litre SE-L Nav £21,595 (RM114,000), and both RF equivalents a fraction more), but we do know it’ll be available from August onwards.