Gut­sier mk4 sur­faces

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Jour­nal­ists in Ja­pan have been given ac­cess to re­vised ver­sions of the mk4 MX-5, and the big­gest news is a hike in power for the 2.0-litre model from 158bhp to 184bhp, which now revs to 7500rpm. The rise in torque is far more mod­est – up from 147lb ft to 151lb ft – but in a car this light we guess that ev­ery lit­tle helps.

The pic­ture for the 1.5-litre Sky­ac­tiv-g en­gine isn’t so bright: a pif­fling one ex­tra bhp, and a measly lone lb ft of torque. Both mod­els re­ceive softer rear sus­pen­sion bush­ing and im­proved ac­tive safety aids. Also com­mon to both is the in­tro­duc­tion of tele­scopic reach ad­just­ment for the steer­ing wheel. Its 30mm range of move­ment isn’t great, but will cer­tainly help to ac­com­mo­date larger driv­ers.

No news on when the re­vised mod­els are Uk-bound: ‘no com­ment’ is the word from the Bri­tish Mazda press of­fice. Judg­ing by the amount of TV ad­ver­tis­ing for the mk4 MX-5 at the mo­ment, and the fi­nance deals you can get in Mazda show­rooms, there’s prob­a­bly a large stock of the cur­rent model to dis­pose of first.

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