Mazda kicks off the year by announcing updates for their most coveted Roadster, the MX-5. The MX-5, in soft- and hard-top, now comes with Tech Grade updates. This update comes after last year’s 25th Anniversary Edition of the iconic MX-5 in bright Orange.
The Mazda MX-5 is available with the base 132ps 1.5-liter or the 184ps 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G on the Sport and GT Sport versions. Both engines come stock with manual transmission, but an automatic transmission is available as an option.
What’s the essential Tech Grade?
The Tech Grade for the MX-5 is reserved for the top-of-the-line GT Sport version. Essential upgrades include 17-inch BBS alloy wheels and Burgundy Nappa leather seats. A new body paint is made available across the line-up, the Polymetal Grey Metallic hue.
This year’s updates offer new additions on safety aspects. The 2020 MX-5 is loaded with Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert. For the top versions, Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive LED headlights and a reversing camera come standard.
In a nutshell, the 2020 Mazda MX-5 retains the same mechanical set up as before, such as the 184ps version of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine featuring lighter pistons and con-rod, plus upgraded camshafts, exhaust valves, fuel injectors, throttle valve and air intake, all of which increase performance over the 160ps version. As a result, the engine has a redline of 7,500rpm. In addition with higher fuel pressure and more efficient combustion than the 160ps version, there’s an increase in torque across the rev range, while peak torque rises by 5Nm. Sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h takes 6.5 seconds (0.8 secs faster) for the soft-top and 0.5-0.6 secs faster for the hard-top. In addition, the tuned main silencer delivers a more powerful engine note.
Finally, the chassis of the MX-5 remains intact with these essentials: a front strut brace, LSD (limited slip differential) and Bilstein dampers.