If you haven't already heard, the refreshed 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata got an entirely new 181-horsepower inline-four for 2019. We recently got to experience the new engine behind the wheel of a Miata in California, and loved it. Now, the Miata's factory race car counterpart, the MX-5 Cup, is getting the same treatment, along with a few other upgrades.
The MX-5 Cup spec that 2019 versions of the MX-5 Cup will receive the same 181-horsepower, 7500-RPM redline four-cylinder engine from the street car, replacing the 155-horsepower motor. Like the previous MX-5 Cup, the engine is unmodified from the road-legal version to insure reliability and longevity over an entire race season. The new powertrain is accompanied by a Bosch Motorsport ECU, an improved transmission, as well as improved cooling and electronics systems.
The car will still be built by Long Road Racing in North Carolina, equipped with a full safety cage, race suspension, racing slicks, upgraded brakes, and all the other gear needed to go racing. One other thing that's changed is the price: A new turn-key MX-5 Cup will now run you $68,000—$15,000 more than the previous version. That may sound like a lot, but considering how expensive some other championships can be, to have a competitive race car for such a price is still a bargain in our eyes. And now, thanks to the new engine, it'll be even more fun behind the wheel.