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If a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is accurate, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will have more horsepower.

According to Road & Track, a new VIN filing with NHTSA on February 27 indicates the MX-5’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has 181 horsepower, a bump from the current 155-hp figure. That’s about a 17 percent improvement in performance, but Road & Track‘s Bozi Tatarevic is a bit skeptical. That’s because the most powerful SkyActiv-G engine Mazda currently offers is found in the overseas version of the Mazda3, with 162 hp. A possibility is that Mazda will use the SkyActiv-X engine in the MX-5 Miata, but the automaker has said in the past that the MX-5 wouldn’t receive the new compression-ignition gasoline engine anytime soon.
Read more about the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Could Get the Horsepower Bump We’ve All Been Waiting For at AutoGuide.com.
 
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