The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than its third generation predecessor, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet. In Europe, both soft-top and RF versions of the 2019 MX-5 are available in a choice of seven body colours, including the recently added Soul Red Crystal Metallic. In addition, the MX-5 RF’s top roof panel may be finished in either the body colour or piano black; the latter accentuating its fastback styling.
The fourth generation MX-5 is more than ever built to feel like an extension of the driver. It retains its traditional ergonomic simplicity but matches it with high levels of quality, refinement, comfort and equipment, including Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system with 7” colour touch-screen and Rotary Commander.
One further key highlight of the current Mazda MX-5 generation is the unique, three-piece power hardtop with which the MX-5 RF offers customers the best of both sports car worlds: the pleasures of open air motoring with the added security of a fixed-roof coupe. The RF boasts the fastest retractable hardtop on the market, its exceptionally clever and narrow mechanism opening or closing in only 13 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 10km/h.
Mazda’s naturally aspirated 1.5 and 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G direct injection gasoline engines feature high, 13.0:1 compression ratios, and compact 4-2-1 exhaust systems optimised for the MX-5’s layout and to enhance torque. Both units deliver linear pull from zero rpm to the redline, and outstanding real-world fuel economy.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 features significant improvements made to every aspect of engine technology.
Maximum engine speed has been raised from 6,800 to 7,500 rpm. Maximum horsepower increased from 160 to 184 PS @ 7,000 rpm, and maximum torque from 200 to 205 Nm @ 4,000 rpm.
This results in improved torque and acceleration figures across the entire rev band for both soft-top and RF models, including the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 automatic transmission version.
Enhancing real-world fuel economy, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre engine comes with Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system and a lightweight version of the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system.
Both engines are mated to crisp-shifting, six-speed manual gearboxes (SKYACTIV-MT) in a classic front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Additionally, a six-speed automatic transmission is available exclusively for SKYACTIV-G 2.0 versions of the MX-5 RF.
Source: Fourth Generation Mazda MX-5