Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mazda Just Gave the MX-5 A Power Bump (And More Stuff) in Japan

Mazda, why you do this to us? Just a few days after Mazda Philippines announced the availability of the limited edition Dark Cherry soft top, Japan just had to one us and come up with a revised MX-5 which, among others, is now available with a brown-colored top which the company calls “Caramel.” Cute.

Naturally available only on the soft top variant of the MX-5, this new model adopts a tan-colored interior to color coordinate with the brown-colored soft top. All in all, this creates an altogether different flavor for Mazda’s venerable roadster.

In addition, in gains “Advanced Smart City Brake Support” which uses a laser-sensor mounted on the windshield to mitigate or stop a frontal collision. If the system detects a risk of collision, it prepares the brake system to be ready to deliver maximum stopping power when the driver brakes. If the driver does not take evasive action such as braking or steering, the system simultaneously applies the brakes and reduces engine output, with the aim of avoiding the collision or reducing the severity of impact. Aside from Advanced SCBS, it also gets lane departure warning (just like the newly released 2018 Philippine model) as well as traffic sign recognition.

Other detail changes include the adoption of a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a switch from gunmetal-colored wheels to black metallic ones for better color coordination with the black-capped mirrors, and a full-color TFT LCD multifunction display.

Buried in the list of changes, the 2.0-liter models (which is basically the MX-5 RF in Japan) gains an upgraded 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine featuring improved internals. Changes for 2018 include an improved air intake design, adoption of lightweight parts, and reduction of friction loses.

All in all, Mazda says this will improve torque throughout the rev change as well as a maximum output increase of 15 percent (160 horsepower + 15 percent = 184 horsepower). Furthermore, the redline has gone up from 6,800 to 7,500 rpm. Apart from raw power, this new engine offers a “more suitable sound quality for a high-performance engine” as well as improved fuel economy.


  1. Swerte talaga ng mga Japs, they get to enjoy the full specs of their products while in the other countries kulang.

    i.e. The Mx5 in the U.S. doesn't have a rear backing camera while it's readily available in JDM models. Good thing it'll be mandatory by next year in the U.S.

    1. The camry is a very boring car, lol. The MX-5's sophistication and elegance is leagues past that old man car.

    2. You may be right to some extent especially if it was done in a distasteful way. I get compliments wherever i go.

      You can't discount the fact that i see fellow Camry's, Accord's, Mazda 6, BMW, Lexus sedans sporting 19-20" rims too. These rims were constructed for the midsize sedan, together with coupes, sports cars and SUV's.

      Educate yourself as with regards to the manufacturers of these rims and to why they do it. Knowledge is power, though i understand you're okay with the lack of it just like that gay car you're enamored at. LOL

    3. ^ I don't have a Civic yet. And i don't brag about my horse, the first commenter mentioned it.

      And oh the Civic, it's the best non-luxury compact in the PHI trumping the 3.

  2. Even the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet can be had in red cloth top. Nobody will say it's a girly car

  3. LOL. I don't know of any hairdresser that can afford even a a boring Toyota Wigo. That's a stupid & childish insult, most probably from someone who thinks buying a bright red full-size pickup truck can compensate for his small pecker.


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