When looking for a super cheap, yet fun to drive car the answer is often an older Mazda Miata MX-5– at $1500, our newest project car here at Turnology, Project CrossTime, is a perfect example of this. But, over the course of the Miata’s multiple generations, its smile on the front bumper and its insanely fun go-kart-like handling characteristics have remained unchanged.
A few months back, Road & Track stumbled upon some U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, showing a 181-horsepower motor in a future car from Mazda. In addition to yet another story supposedly about an upcoming Miata, Mazda went ahead and dropped an official press release– confirming that a 181-horse powerplant will be in the 2019 Miata.
Lighter internals, upgraded exhaust, and new gear ratios are to thank. The Mazda Miata has never been about big power, but we aren’t complaining about this 17-percent increase — and that’s not the only good news. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter motor will boast a significantly higher 7,500 rpm redline (upped from 6,800 rpm) as well as a richer torque curve all the way through the rpm range.
As usual, a few new aesthetic features were thrown in as well — with the 2019 model year having options for a brown soft top and black metallic 17-inch wheels. There are rumors of new exterior and interior color options, but those are not yet confirmed. In the car’s interior, there will be the first ever telescoping steering wheel in a Miata (tall people, rejoice!) as well as multiple new safety features; a standard rear view camera, traffic sign recognition, braking support, and more.
The new 2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 will be coming to the United States later this year. Per Mazda, more details including pricing, trim levels, and full specifications will be announced at a later date.