• Respect - Mazda says the 2019 MX-5 Miata is not about power but the love of driving

      You have to hand it to Mazda when it comes to the Miata. They know what they are building and they know their audience. They have a formula that works and they do not try to reinvent the wheel as Honda did with the new NSX which did not work.

      Mazda gets it:

      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda
      The Mazda MX-5 Miata has never been about power; itís a car whose sole purpose is to help the driver and passenger fall in love with driving.
      That said Mazda does give the Miata more power for 2019 but it is how about getting that power that makes it more exciting.

      They don't just change software or increase boost pressure. They make it more engaging:

      • 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.
      • New final drive ratio: The transmissionís final drive ratio has been increased from 3.454 to 3.583 in order to improve linear response to match the driverís intentions. Gear ratios are otherwise unchanged from previous models.

      It isn't exactly an F20C but revving to 7500 rpm is nice. 181 horsepower is plenty to have fun with a car that weighs 23XX pounds.

      You do not have to have the fastest or most powerful car to have the best driving experience. Some manufacturers have forgotten that. Mazda has not.

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