ask and you shall receive right? how long have we been asking mazda to bless the miata with some power? how long must we beg and plead to give this amazing chassis some decent muscle under the hood? we have been begging since day one and ever since we have been getting nothing but a tease! in 94 they teased us with a 128hp 1.8. it was a welcome bump but then they watered it down replacing the 4.3 rear end with a 4.10, so that was a waste. in 99 the miata got its first real power bump . the 99 was rated at 140hp with more aggressive cams, a miuch better flowing head, and a nice little bump in compression. pairing this rev happy motor once again with the 4.30 rear and optional 6spd the 99 miata was a rocket compared to years before, but it was still, painfully slow. in 2001 variable valve timing was introduced and although it was rated to pack some extra punch, mazda who was very well connected with ford at the time was called out! pretty much the same way ford was called out on the 01 cobra.....such a sad time indeed. fast forward to 04 we got a turbo with the mazdaspeed miata with a whopping 178hp, yup shit was still slow, because by this point it had gotten a little porky. In 2006 we got the third generation miata, and i much as i love the nc, SLOOOOOOOOW.
Finally the fourth generation comes around and mazda has taken a step from their old playbook, weight reduction. The nd, aka fourth generation miata was 2300lbs, barely clocking in more than the first generation that started all the hype. as much as all aspects of a new miata were very intriguing only one thing mattered! The miata had earned a reputation of being a slow torqueless roadster that was an absolute blast through any corner at any speed. A lot of people were upset when they saw the nd miata had dropped in power from 167 to 155. I wasn't bothered because the 148 torque number would make up for it all. The nd weighed a few pounds more than the na and made over 40 more hp and tq than the na, so i knew it was a win win. and just like that the nd was a hit! It was a hair faster than its competition, the frs, and it handled and stopped great just like every other miata before.
enough with the history lesson whats up with this 181hp! overseas the 2019 miata's have already been blessed with a healthy dose of power! If you didn't know already, a dose of 181hp and a 7,500 redline to be exact! word on the street is that we should see the same kind of love on our shores, and if that's the case, its gonna be F*%king lit! as a die hard miata fan we have always been short changed, but nothing like this. I mean over seas they got better intakes, tunes, little stuff here and there, nothing 26hp worth! fortunately these gains were achieved by redesigned internals. Internal wise motors have been the same across shores since the inception of the miata, so no need to change now...right? Nothing is official but everything points to a yes, so hopefully our 2019 miata's will be filled with a few extra unicorns under the hood! if so....maybe its time for a change? would you finally buy a miata if it had the power to match it's chassis?
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