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Mazda introducing hard top for MX-5

Mazda introducing hard top for MX-5

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Mazda have given a preview of a new hard top for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 that will be introduced at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month. It’s a welcome addition to one of the few convertibles that still use a soft top and should help increased sales of this awesome little car even further.

The Mazda Roadster Drop-Head Coupe concept as it is currently known will be introduced as part of a complete package to the MX-5. The package will also include a front splitter, side skirts, aluminium wheels and race-style tow hooks. Under the skin will be a new limited-slip differential, performance clutch and flywheel, new air intake and reinforced bushings for better road holding.

This won’t be a folding roof replacement but a single piece hard top that will fit on top of the car. This goes back to the old days of Japanese roadsters where you would place or remove the hard top depending on the weather and leave it in the garage. The hard top adds rigidity, which lends itself well to the track and for cornering, which presumably is why it is being added to this version instead of another MX-5.

2019 Mazda MX-5
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a superb little car that displays all the characteristics you want in a car like this. It is perfectly balanced, swift, responsive and comfortable. It’s a weekend track day car and an every day driver. As comfortable on the school run as it is on the track and it looks great.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 is a lightweight roadster that uses a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre four cylinder that generates 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Considering how light this car is, that’s a lot of power per ton and propels the little MX-5 down the road at quite a clip if you’re not careful. Thanks to an RPM range boost, you now get more power as well as better gas mileage. That’s the holy grail as far as performance is concerned!

Another improvement is the new clutch and dual-mass flywheel. This provides a much smoother change and works well in both manual and automatic guise. Along with the ability to rev up to 7,500 RPM, there is a lot of fun to be had with this little car.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 can come with advanced blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, smart city brake support, lane departure warning system, high beam control system, advanced keyless entry system and rearview camera so there is plenty going on even in a car this modestly sized.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 may be small but packs quite a punch. Check it out at Mazda of Hamilton, 1977 Upper James Street Hamilton, ON L9B 1K8.

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