The Sleuth has received official word that Mazda’s two-seat roadster will get a power infusion for the 2019 model year. The MX-5 Miata’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will produce 181 horses and 151 pound-feet of torque, which is up from 155/148. To get nearly 20 percent more power, Mazda reduced the weight of the pistons and connecting rods, increased exhaust-manifold flow and put in higher-pressure fuel injectors (to name just a few adjustments). There are also minor tweaks to the interior, plus new alloy-wheel designs. The 2019 MX-5 is expected to debut later this summer.

The MX-5 will get 26 more horsepower for the 2019 model year. (PHOTO: MAZDA)

Coming soon, a speedier MX-5: