2019 Mazda Miata getting a bump in HP

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TLDR: 155hp to 181hp raised rev limit, lightened the internals of the motor/better flowing head/exhaust, All in a car that is 2400lbs.

I know what my mid life crisis car is going to be.


https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-mazda-miata-is-doing-the-dang-thing-and-bringi-1826980844

Just over a week ago, Mazda Japan announced its 2019 Mazda Miata—the light, little car everyone either loves (or hates because everyone else loves it)—will go up to 181 horsepower and a 7,500-rpm redline. It was a huge jump from the current car’s power, but nothing was confirmed for other markets. Until now.

The new Miata’s updated 2.0-liter engine is rated at 26 more HP than the last, its higher redline and its fancy telescoping steering wheel will, in fact, be coming to the U.S. and Europe as well.

Mazda announced the U.S. and European Miata specs Wednesday, and the car will go from 155 HP powering its roughly 2,400-pound curb weight to 181 HP at 7,000 rpm. That’s in addition to 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and a “richer torque curve throughout [the] entire rev range,” according to Mazda.

While 26 HP may not sound like a lot, it’s all about the power-to-weight ratio. The Miata weights almost 1,000 pounds less than the lowest-trim four-cylinder 2018 Toyota Camry, if that helps with visualization. When a car that light gets around a 15-percent power increase, it’s not something to shrug off.

Mazda gave the Miata’s redline a bump for the next model year, too, taking it from 6,800 rpm to 7,500 rpm. It’ll also get a new black metallic wheels and a telescoping steering wheel just like the Japan-spec car, letting a driver move the wheel closer to and further from the dashboard to adjust driving positions.

Here’s what Mazda’s North American arm said it did to increase performance on the car for this model year, if you like details:

- Reducing internal mass and friction: Each piston has been reduced 27g in mass, thanks to a minimized skirt area. Connecting rods are 41g lighter than previous units.

- Reducing exhaust loss: The upgraded engine carries an increased valve opening angle and valve lift height. The inner diameter of the exhaust manifold has also been increased. The net results are a 30-percent reduction in pumping losses.

- Improved combustion: Reconfigured intake ports and new high-diffusion, higher-pressure fuel injectors improve the tumble and swirl of fuel in the cylinder and better-atomize fuel. The benefit is improved efficiency and torque at all rpm.

- Dual-mass flywheel: Replacing the single-mass flywheel with a low-inertia, dual-mass flywheel improves smoothness and responsiveness.

- A new exhaust system with richer sound quality.

Both the U.S.- and European-spec Miatas will go on sale this fall, which means the previous-model-year Miatas with 26 less HP that haven’t been bought will probably be a steal—if you’re into that “buying new from a dealer” thing. Less power will be less enticing for most people strolling onto a lot, which could be a good way to get a deal, or a chance to pass the old cars up like everyone else.

After all, everybody just wants a little more power.
 

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Still wild they were able to achieve that weight with modern day safety regulations putting so much extra weight into the cars.
 

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ridiculously impressive. my side by side weighs nearly as much
 

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This is dumb. They should keep it slow. Slow cars are more funner than fast cars.
 

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It'll still be slow, just less slow.

I wish that I could fit into a Miata. But I haz the fatass

Would love an RF in that dark grey
 

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Need a Turbo option - 250 HP min.
 

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If you are going to completely fuck up the balance and point of the Miata, just put a GM Gen V in it. Smaller and lighter, and probably just as much power potential as a HC motor.
 

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I mean flyingmiata makes a kit to put an ls motor in miatas
 

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