While the nimble Mazda MX-5 has never been a numbers car, many have criticised its 118 kW naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv engine for being somewhat short of breath when it matters. Now, a leaked document sourced by Road & Track, suggests the 2019 update for the Miata (MX-5) will, along with other updates, introduce a welcome boost in power.

Engine updates that include lighter pistons and conrods, a new crankshaft, larger intake and exhaust ports and a new throttle body will reportedly see power increased by 15 kW to 133 kW, with 4 N.m worth of torque added. In addition, the roadster will have a higher maximum rev range.

A dual mass flywheel has been added in order to absorb the NVH from the more powerful engine.

Updated safety equipment in the new MX-5 will include a smart city brake feature for increased pedestrian safety.

The addition of a reach adjustment on the steering column will be welcomed by taller owners.

Let's hope these updates, which for the time being are linked with the North American market (where the car is called, Miata) make their way to South Africa where the MX-5 is currently only represented by the RF model.