Technical

1.5-litre Skyactiv-G engine

Enhanced for use in a lightweight roadster, Mazda’s highly efficient Skyactiv-G petrol engines are a perfect match for the fourth-generation MX-5. With lighter and more compact intake and exhaust systems they are modified to deliver heightened performance. With the cam timing and a custom steel crankshaft, the 1.5-litre 132ps Skyactiv-G’s redline remains at 7,000rpm and power output is improved over versions used in the Mazda2.

2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine

The 2020 MX-5 features the powerful and higher-revving version of the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine. Substantially designed with lighter pistons and con-rod, the 2.0-litre engine continues to benefit from the revised camshafts and exhaust valves, fuel injectors, throttle valve and air intake. As a result, the engine remains the same at 184ps and redline of 7,500rpm. In addition, with higher fuel pressure and more efficient combustion, there’s an increase in torque across the rev range, while peak torque rises by 5Nm.  Convertible performance remains at 6.5seconds, while the tuned main silencer delivers a cleaner more powerful engine note.

Skyactiv-MT manual transmission

Mazda’s highly-praised Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission was adapted for front engine, rear drive layout. It maintains the same sporty 40mm shift stroke as previous MX-5’s, yet the Skyactiv-MT is 7kg lighter than the six-speed unit in the third-generation MX-5. The rear differential remains lighter and smaller than previous generations, while clutch pedal weighting and movement has been honed for an even better driver experience.

Steering

The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 is the first MX-5 to feature a space-saving duel-pinion electric power assist steering system – replacing the outgoing MX-5’s hydraulic power assist set up. To deliver even more direct feedback and feel, Mazda’s engineers placed the steering system closer to the front wheels, while increased stiffness below the steering column improved linearity. Compared to the third-generation the steering ratio has changed from 15.1 to 15.5 with the overall result being lighter, faster and more precise steering.

Skyactiv-Chassis and Skyactiv-Body

The lightest MX-5 since the first-generation, the Mazda MX-5’s Skyactiv-Chassis is lighter, stiffer and more driver-focused than previous generations. Retaining a front double wishbone and rear multi-link suspension set-up, Mazda’s engineers worked to reduce weight and improve stability and agility. From the ground-up Mazda’s weight saving ‘gram strategy’ played a huge part in chassis development. The Skyactiv-Chassis’ suspension is 12kg lighter than the Mk3 model. The front knuckle, front upper and lower arms, engine frame and rear hub supports are all made of aluminium, while the use of more high-tensile steels and aluminium in the body-in-white further reduces weight.