Enhanced Performance Feel

The Mazda MX-5 facelift inherits the third-generation's line-up of lively MZR petrol engines and precise-shifting manual transmissions. Some major updates enhance the roadster experience even further: engineers changed the MZR 2.0-litre petrol to give it a stronger performance feel, retuned all engines to use less fuel and produce less CO2 and added a new six-speed automatic for the first time in Europe.

MZR 2.0-litre Petrol: Increased Rev-Limit and Engine Updates

The MZR 2.0-litre petrol with either five or six-speed manual transmission still produces 118 kW / 160 PS and maximum torque of 188 Nm. While maximum torque is still produced at 5,000 rpm, maximum power is now reached at 7,000 rpm (300 rpm higher than before), and the rev-limit is now at 7,500 rpm (500 rpm higher than before) making sporty driving even more exciting.

A forged crankshaft is also introduced to ensure rigidity at higher engine speeds. New as well are fully floating pistons with higher pin-boss reliability, revised valve springs that suppress valve 'bounce' that can occur at high revs, and higher-durability materials for the connecting rod bearings. Together with the higher rev-limit, these modifications give the MZR 2.0-litre engine an even better performance feel than before.

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