low end and strong mid range
for a four cylinder. But where
the 2015-’ 18 version of the
car starts to taper off around
6,000rpm, the new one keeps
pulling and pulling and pulling,
all the way to its glorious new
7,500rpm redline. Deana Kelley
said of the new motor, “I was
excited by how hard it pulled all
the way to its new, higher redline.
While obviously being stronger
overall, it feels like the NC motor
in that it loves to be spun out.”
And that new, higher redline
proved enough to keep us from
even tickling the rev limiter, even
in STR trim. Which means the
days of constantly shifting into
third gear on larger, National-
style courses in C Street
should be all but eliminated.
But while the power is the
big talking point of the new
car, I don’t think anyone should
overlook some of the other
new features. Specifically, the
new telescoping steering wheel.
Having had a chance to run the
car on the 2018 Solo Nationals
Test-n-Tune course in the rain,
I can say that being able to adjust
the steering wheel fore and aft
really helped me find a seating
position that didn’t pin my helmet
to the roof when the top was up.
I heard from several taller drivers
that the adjustable steering wheel
position helped them finally get
comfortable in the car, as well.
Speaking of comfortable, the
optional Recaros were also a
huge hit with all who took the
opportunity to try the new car
on for size at the event. I know
I found them to be sublime. The
fact that they were heated was
also a nice touch, especially
when the weather turned chilly
on the Friday of the event.
When the ND MX- 5 came
out in 2015, it was love at first
drive for me. The chassis was
brilliantly capable. Nimble yet
composed. Light on its feet. It was
everything a Miata was supposed
to be. And now, with it’s new,
more powerful and playful motor,
the 2019 Mazda MX- 5 should
cement itself as, without a doubt,
the best Miata ever made. Oh,
and a truly great sports car.
The 2019 Mazda MX- 5, known as
the ND2, offers a more powerful and
rev-happy engine than its predecessor.
For the 2019 autocross season, the new
and improved MX- 5 has been classed
in C Street, where it’s sure to be a hit.