For the current MX-5 it actually went the other way, reducing size and weight to something close to the 29-year-old original. It introduced new engines but, while they were revvier and more economical, they weren’t any more powerful. A little more horsepower can’t hurt though and, while Mazda is sticking to its guns, this updated version has gained extra spring in its step.
The range still comprises fabric-roofed convertible and folding hardtop RF options, with a 1.5 or 2.0-litre engine. Both of these have been reworked, the latter to most dramatic effect with an increase in power from 160PS (158bhp) to 184PS (182bhp) thanks to stronger, lighter internal parts and a raised rev limit. And not a turbo in sight.
This is unusual in this day and age, as is the incentive to explore what lies in the upper reaches of the rev counter. It’s also perfectly in tune with the MX-5’s traditional vibe, the combination of a zesty, naturally-aspirated engine and quick-shifting manual gearbox just the tonic in a world of boring, torquey turbos. And all the better to enjoy with the roof down. Those who felt their masculinity threatened can now show their face down the pub again too, an eight-tenths reduction in the 0-62mph time bringing it to just 6.5 seconds. It sounds and feels decisively feistier than before too.