Updated Mazda MX-5 gets power boost and new tech

The Mazda MX-5 roadster has been given a significant power boost – confiming the news leaked from a Japanese magazine last week. Mazda says both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines have been upgraded, but currently only details for the higher-capacity unit have been revealed. The car goes on sale in the UK from August.

Updated less than a year ago at the Tokyo Motor Show with new steering and suspension settings, this latest round of updates focus on the range-topping 2.0-litre engine. Power is boosted from 158bhp to 181bhp, while torque is up by five newton metres (to 205Nm) as well. Mazda says the changes result in "refined acceleration control", which allegedly helps "minimise lag between throttle applications and vehicle response".

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The engine’s redline jumps from 6,800rpm to a heady 7,500rpm, too. We"re told the changes to the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G unit will also include a redesigned exhaust manifold, new cylinder heads, lighter pistons, and lighter connecting rods.

While Mazda Europe hasn"t confirmed numbers for the 1.5-litre MX-5, Japanese sources suggest improved and more efficient combustion will see power and torque rise slightly from the current car"s 129bhp and 150Nm.

Away from engine changes, the updated MX-5 arrives with new customisation options including a new brown fabric top and dark paint finishes for the 16 and 17-inch wheel designs. On the more practical side of things, the steering column is slated to gain reach adjustment for the first time.

Finally, Mazda has added a host of new i-ACTIVESENSE safety features. The MX-5 is now available with Advanced Smart City Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and a reversing camera.

Exact prices and specs will be revealed in the coming weeks, before cars start to arrive in dealers in August.

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Nguồn: www.autoexpress.co.uk