2019 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Black Roof
2019 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Black Roof

AN upgraded power train, improved dynamics and enhanced safety. That’s what Mazda is offering in the new MX-5, set to hit the market at the end of this month, with more power, torque and tech.

Mazda has applied advanced technologies to each of its engines; the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre and SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre, to extract maximum power, balanced with linear response to maintain its Jinba-ittai sensibilities.

Looking to replicate the free-revving feel of the 1.5-litre, engineers thoroughly revised the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, ultimately lifting the red line to 7,500rpm, boosting power from 118kW to 135kW and torque from 200Nm to 205Nm.

The comprehensive update includes changes to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, and has achieved increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and mechanical friction.

The SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre has also been revised, with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre is available exclusively with the entry-level Roadster, while Roadster GT and all RF variants are now equipped with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre engine.

To match the extra power under foot, manual and automatic transmissions have been revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel. Shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision as well.

Deepening the connection between car and driver further, the new Mazda MX-5 introduces telescopic steering, while safety has also been bolstered, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades.

More advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies have been added to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

New-look 16-inch alloys with a black metallic finish are available for the 1.5-litre Roadster, while RF gets 17-inch wheels, also finished in black metallic. Roadster GT and RF GT models sit on 17-inch wheels with a bright silver finish.

The detachable cup holders have been made more rigid for less wobble and are easier to fasten and remove, while seat levers have thicker internal frames to give a more assured feel when operating.

There are five interior trim options now available for the MX-5, with Mazda’s Chroma Brown nappa leather available as an option for RF GT, with six exterior colour choices, including the ever popular Soul Red Crystal Metallic.

It also comes in Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ceramic Mica, Eternal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. RF GT variants also have the option of a black roof for an even sportier look.

The refreshed and updated Mazda MX-5 range has a starting price of $34,190 for the 1.5-litre Roadster, with the RF GT topping the range at $48,960. All prices are plus on-roads.

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