The More Powerful Mazda Miata We've Dreamt About Is Coming

2019 Mazda MX-5's power bump 'confirmed,' plus telescoping steering wheel

The last time we checked, Japan only got the 1.5-liter engine in the Miata.

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 vehicle seems to finally confirm.

That's a significant boost over the 2018 model which is rated at 157 PS (115 kW / 155 hp) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque in the United States.

Starting under the hood, the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine has been "drastically revised" as it has been equipped with an optimized air intake, new cylinder heads, revised pistons and different connecting rods. It also revs much higher, all the way to 7,500rpm.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Gets 184 HP Other Updates in Japan
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unveiled In Japan With 181 HP And 7,500 RPM Redline

A telescoping steering wheel, never before offered in an MX-5, will also debut, and help the vehicle better accommodate taller drivers, plus the wheels will come in a new colour, apparently. In addition to the 42mm of vertical movement, the driver can no bring the wheel 30mm closer to him.

Also, the soft-top version of the MX-5 is now available with a color TFT display located in the leftmost of the three gages. It looks very Porsche-like.

For the Japanese market, other updates include a new telescopic steering wheel, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alerts, and the standard fitment of the i-ActiveSense safety suite. Highlights include Advanced Smart City Brake Support and a Lane Departure Warning System.

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