Possible Horsepower Increase For 2019 Models

An article in Road & Track offers some clues as to possible 17% increase in horsepower for upcoming MX-5 ND models.

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a19037335/mazda-might-give-the-mx-5-miata-26-more-horsepower-for-2019/

The Mazda MX-5 has been widely hailed as a return to the original formula: a great-handling, lightweight car. It’s also been criticized by some for only having 155 horsepower. Mazda has repeatedly stated that it will focus on making the car faster by cutting more weight, but a new VIN filing shows that the MX-5 might also get a significant horsepower bump for the 2019 model year.

A document filed with NHTSA on February 27th shows that the MX-5 will continue to offer the trim levels we’re familiar with and a 2.0-liter engine, but the power rating has changed from 155 horsepower to 181. This would constitute a power increase of 17 percent—the biggest jump for any version of the naturally-aspirated SkyActiv-G motor.