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Having just updated the Mazda MX-5 roadster, the Japanese automaker introduced a similar upgrade for the Targa-style RF model. While the sports car remains unchanged on the outside, it comes with extra standard features and a new equipment package.

Extra Standard Features

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
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Most upgrades are visible inside the cabin, where the Miata RF benefits from a new, standard tilt and telescoping steering column

Most upgrades are visible inside the cabin, where the Miata RF benefits from a new, standard tilt and telescoping steering column with 30 mm (1.18 inches) of telescoping and 42 mm (1.65 inches) of tilt range. Mazda also replaced the old steel steering column with an aluminum one to save weight. There’s also a new rearview camera as standard, while Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart City Brake Support systems are optional.

Grand Touring Updates

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
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As before, the Miata RF is offered in two flavors, starting with the Grand Touring trim.

As before, the Miata RF is offered in two flavors, starting with the Grand Touring trim. New features for this model include 17-inch dark silver wheels, body-colored interior trim, auto on/off headlamps, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. There’s also leather-trimmed seats, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, an updated Traffic Sign Recognition system, Adaptive Front-lighting System, Lane-Departure Warning, and Smart City Brake Support.

In addition to these new standard and optional features, the Grand Touring can also be equipped with the new GT-S Package. This bundle is only for the cars fitted with the manual transmission and adds a front shock tower brace, a limited-slip rear differential, and Bilstein dampers. Finally, it will also include the hand-painted black roof that had previously only been offered in the U.S. on the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition.

Club Updates

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
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The MX-5 Club comes standard with the features in the GT-S Package

Next up is the MX-5 Club, the sportier of the two trims. This model comes standard with the features in the GT-S Package, as well as heated cloth seats with red stitching, body-colored trim, black 17-inch wheels, a rear lip spoiler, the Bose audio system, and SiriusXM Satellite radio. It also gets Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, while the optional i-ActiveSense Club Package adds Smart City Brake Support and Lane-Departure Warning.

But wait, this isn’t all. The Club trim can be optioned up even further with two more packages, the Brembo/BBS and the Brembo/BBS/Recaro bundles. The first one includes front Brembo rotors and calipers, red-painted brake calipers, 17-inch, dark gunmetal BBS forged alloy wheels, functional side sill extensions; a rear bumper skirt, and heated leather seats. The Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package is new for the MX-5 RF and replaces the leather-trimmed seats with heated Recaro buckets units and adds the black-painted roof.

Beefed-up Engine

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
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Under the hood, the Miata RF gets the same upgrades as the roadster model

Under the hood, the Miata RF gets the same upgrades as the roadster model. The most important change is the uprated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that now delivers 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 26 horsepower and tree pound-feet over the outgoing model. The engine also features lighter pistons and rods, a larger throttle, and enjoys a 700-rpm higher redline. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and Sport mode.

It’s a Bit more Expensive

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
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The MX-5 RF now retails from $32,345, which accounts for a $435 premium over the old model

Not surprisingly, the update comes with an increased price tag. The MX-5 RF now retails from $32,345, which accounts for a $435 premium over the old model. For this amount, you get the Club model with the manual transmission. Opt for the automatic version and the sticker jumps to $32,945. The Brembo/BBS Package costs $3,770, while the Brembo/BBS/Recaro bundle comes in at $4,670. The Club i-ActiveSense Package fetches $450. Opt for the Grand Touring model and you need to pay $33,335 for the manual version, while the automatic starts from $34,410. The GT-S Package costs $750, while the Auburn Nappa leather upgrade is priced at $300.

Model/Package MX-5 RF
MX-5 Grand Touring 6MT $33,335
• GT-S Package (6MT only) $750
MX-5 Grand Touring 6AT $34,410
Auburn Nappa Leather (MX-5 Grand Touring only) $300
MX-5 Club 6MT $32,345
• Brembo/BBS Package $3,770
• Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package $4,670
MX-5 Club 6AT $32,945
• Club i-ACTIVSENSE Package $450

Further reading

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How do you make the world’s best-selling, two-seat roadster even better? Mazda’s designers and engineers have found the answer with the 2019 MX-5 Miata RF, which goes on sale later in August.

While its biggest change comes by way of its thoroughly upgraded SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, which is now more responsive, efficient and powerful, other numerous updates include:

A new, standard tilt/telescoping steering column with 30mm of telescoping and 42mm of tilt range
A switch from a steel to an aluminum steering column to save weight
A new, standard rearview camera
Available Traffic Sign Recognition
Available Smart City Brake Support low-speed automatic emergency braking

MX-5 RF Grand Touring and harder-edged MX-5 RF Club models continue to be the two flavors of retractable fastback, both offering premium style, curb appeal and performance.

MX-5 Grand Touring comes equipped with 17-inch dark silver wheels; body-color interior trim; auto on/off headlights; an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror; rain-sensing windshield wipers; automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®; heated, leather-trimmed seats; a 9-speaker BOSE®Premium audio system; a fabric-lined soft top for greater sound insulation; Sirius XM Satellite radio with a 4-month trial subscription, Mazda Navigation; Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; new Traffic Sign Recognition; Adaptive Front-lighting System; High Beam Control; Lane-Departure Warning; and Smart City Brake Support.

Listening to customers’ demands, Mazda will offer a new GT-S Package for MX-5 Grand Touring models equipped with the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission, equipping those models with a front shock tower brace, limited-slip rear differential and Bilstein dampers. MX-5 RF models with the GT-S Package will also come equipped with the hand-painted black roof that had previously only been offered in the U.S. on the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition.

MX-5 Club models continue the two-pronged, higher-trim strategy, offering a harder-edged foil to the MX-5 Grand Touring. MX-5 Club comes with standard Bilstein dampers, shock tower brace and limited-slip rear differential in models equipped with the SKYACTIV-MT transmission. All other MX-5 Club models receive standard heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching, body-color interior trim; Metallic Black alloy 17-inch wheels, front air dam and rear lip spoilers, a 9-speaker BOSE®Premium audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 4-month trial subscription and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

MX-5 Club models are available with an i-ACTIVSENSE Club Package that comes with Smart City Brake Support and Lane-Departure Warning.

Additionally, MX-5 Club SKYACTIV-MT can be had with the Brembo/BBS Package and Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package. The Brembo/BBS Package include front Brembo rotors and calipers; red-painted brake calipers on all four corners; 17-inch, dark gunmetal BBS forged alloy wheels; functional side sill extensions; a rear bumper skirt; and heated leather-upholstered seats. The Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package is new for MX-5 RF and replaces the leather-trimmed seats with heated Recaro buckets. It also includes a black-painted roof.

All 2019 MX-5s come standard in the U.S. with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, producing 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. That represents an increase of 26 horsepower and 3 lb-ft of torque over the previous model. Thanks to a host of internal improvements, including lighter pistons and rods and a larger throttle, MX-5’s engine produces more torque throughout its rev range and enjoys a 700 rpm higher redline for the new model year. The new engine comes paired to either a standard SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Sport mode.

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