2020 Mazda MX-5 Review: Performance, Speed & More
Here is The Test of 2020 Mazda MX-5. Mazda has let itself be flogged: The “big” MX-5 gets more power and more spontaneity for 2019. Does he break from the 1.5? First ride in the favorite roadster.
It only takes a few hundred meters. Three, four turns, then the feeling is back. This special MX-5 feeling: braking, steering, aiming for a vertex. Quick, intent on just overdoing it. The MX-5 leans on the outer wheels. More brake. He stands on tiptoe, the stern becomes light. More steering angle, the rear axle pushes out – gas. If the ESP were off, the MX-5 would break out right now.
The Mazda MX-5 has therefore changed to the model year 2019 only where we wanted it: under the hood. More power, more torque, and more speed have Mazda the Roadster donated to the model year 2019. Especially the big 2.0-liter sucker. Nothing has changed on the chassis. And that’s just as well.
2020 Mazda MX-5 Engine Specs & Performance
At the engine for that much. Instead of 160 hp, the 2.0-liter sucker delivers 184 hp, the torque increases to 205 Newton meters. But it’s earlier. At 4,000 revolutions the full power is available before you had to turn up to 4,600 rpm. The maximum power comes later, at 7,000 instead of 6,000 rpm.
Mazda has chosen the perfect road to show what the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Skyactv-G 184 will look like in the future: the Transfagaras High Road winds its way through the Transylvanian Alps on some 100 fabulous kilometers, which it traverses at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. Through tunnels and rock breaches, over countless bridges and dozens of viaducts. The surface is spotty like a 13-year-old. And that’s why.
My test MX-5 is on the standard chassis. Not on the unnecessary Bilstein parts that take the roadster’s sensibility. It moves on the springs, tilts slightly with turning radius or brake pressure. At the same time, it irons waves, potholes, and edges smoothly without tipping or bumping. He never shares hard bumps. Comfortable? Goes so. Transparent, natural and very quickly familiar, that’s the better description.
But that’s nothing new. Now it’s about the engine. The delivery from 2,000 revs useful power, from 4,000 revs/min begins the fun zone. It now ends at 7,500 revolutions and not already at 6,800 as before. You could drive the Transfagarasan completely in 3rd gear. Only in the tight hairpins, the 2nd gear is necessary, otherwise, the MX-5 does not come out of the kink. The 4th we reserve for the wide curves and the few straight pieces.
The small gear knob clicks the gears precisely and emphatically pure. There are nowhere shorter ways to do mass production. Mazda offers the MX-5 also with automatic, which is even more unnecessary than a Bilstein suspension. The MX-5 is one of the few cars that can also go wood shoe dancers with hoe-tip technique. Of course without wooden shoes.
The pedals are close enough together, with enough brake pressure is also the height of the accelerator pedal. And: The engine responds spontaneously and precisely, as only a sucker can. Every centimeter of pedal travel it translates into constant speed and without delay. You can drive into a frenzy on the Transfagarasan. Anyway, early in the morning when most Romanians and tourists are still sitting at the breakfast table.
The technical effort that Mazda has operated is enormous. Suction engine tuning is not just a question of boost pressure and engine control. Mazda has stepped deep into the hardware to increase performance and change its evolution. The air intake has been increased, as has the throttle body diameter. The air now flows better through the intake manifold, the intake ports have a larger cross-section, the intake valves have a larger diameter.
The engineers increased the cam lift, installed lighter exhaust valves. To reduce mass inertia and friction, there are 27 grams lighter, newly formed pistons and 41 grams lighter connecting rods. A new dual-mass flywheel improves the response, the injection pressure was raised to 300 bar.
2020 Mazda MX-5 Review: Verdict
Does it all help that the big engine in the MX-5 is as fun to drive as the small one? The Skyactiv G 132 gets a horsepower for 2019 and an additional two Newton meters of torque. Hardly anyone will feel that. In memory, the 1.5-liter vacuum cleaner turned a little happier and speaks more directly.
Nevertheless, we missed nothing on the test drive with the 2.0. Especially: The 1.5-liter engine requires more switching work. Nevertheless, and despite power shortage, he was the better package so far. Now it could be the 2.0. He can also cruise. Beyond the 30s zone, it may be the sixth course in town. The outing can be done so in a walk, so to speak.
But you would have to discipline yourself. This is not the right time. The track is free, the next hairpin is in front of me. Braking, intermediate, 2nd gear, gas … and so on.
2020 Mazda MX-5 Specs
- Model: Skyactiv-G 184 i-Eloop
- Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder Saugbenziner
- Power: 184 hp (135 kW) b. 7,000 rpm
- Torque: 205 Nm b. 4,000 rpm
- Drive: six-speed manual, on the rear wheels, Sperrdiff.
- 0-100 km / h: 6.5 s
- Speed: 219 km / h
- Consumption: 6.9 l (WLTP / NEDC)
- CO2 emissions: 156 g / km (WLTP), 155 g / km (NEDC)
- Length: 3,915 m
- Width: 1,735 m
- Height: 1,230 m
- Wheelbase: 2,310 m
- Trunk: 130 l
- Weight: 1.105 kg (EC)
- Price: from 27.790 euros
- Model: Skyactiv-G 132
- Engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder Saugbenziner
- Power: 132 hp (97 kW) b. 7,000 rpm
- Torque: 152 Nm b. 4,500 rpm
- Drive: six-speed manual, on the rear wheels
- 0-100 km / h: 8.3 s
- Speed: 204 km / h
- Consumption: 6.3 l (WLTP / NEDC)
- CO2 emissions: 145 g / km (WLTP), 143 g / km (NEDC)
- Weight: 1.061 kg (EG)
- Price: from 22,990 euros