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 MX-5 Roadster continues to use a powerful and higher-revving version of the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine. With lighter pistons and con-rod, previous revisions to the camshafts, exhaust valves, fuel injectors, throttle valve and air intake, the engine has seen an increase from 160ps to 184ps over the lifetime of the current generation MX-5 and a heightened redline, which rose from 6,800 to 7,500rpm compared to the version launched in 2015. 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. Roadster 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.


The MX-5 has always been praised for the accuracy and driver connection of its steering. For the 2024 model year car friction in the steering rack has been reduced to further enhance the nimble and precise response of the MX-5. Friction has been reduced by around five per cent, which combined with refined electric-power steering control logic has further improved the sense of oneness with the road that the MX-5 is famed for.


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.

New Dynamic Stability Control system

Across both engines the Exclusive-Line and Homura 2024 Mazda MX-5s feature a new track driving mode within the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) that avoids intervention until a later parameter to deliver a more dynamic, yet secure, drive experience with first-time track drivers in mind. As before, the system can be fully deactivated for the purest driving experience on track.