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Plus Mazda Miata, Honda Ridgeline, Hyundai Ioniq and Pebble Beach

Plus Mazda Miata, Honda Ridgeline, Hyundai Ioniq and Pebble Beach.

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They're small gains, but gains nonetheless

They're small gains, but gains nonetheless.

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There's a small bump to torque and some interior updates

There's a small bump to torque and some interior updates.

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A Japanese car magazine has all the details

A Japanese car magazine has all the details

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Events take place at select Mazda races

Using a video game as a feeder racing series is nothing new. Sony and Nissan have run the GT Academy for years now, rewarding the best Gran Turismo players with the chance to drive a real car. It seems Mazda wants a piece of the action. This year, it will host an iRacing Hot Lap Challenge, giving the best players a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two fastest drivers will race head-to-head, with the winner earning a test drive in a Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup car.

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Leaked documents seem to confirm earlier hunches of a power bump

Last month, we reported on a VIN filing dug up by Road & Track that showed that the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine would get a power bump, from 155 to 181 net horsepower. As for how the 2019 Miata would make that extra power, we heard rumors it'd utilize a new cylinder head allowing higher revs, accounting for that extra power. Now we have what appears to be a leaked document from Mazda Canada showing exactly where that extra power comes from.

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Praise be to Recaro, bringer of bolsters and thigh support

We all know the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a truly wonderful car. It takes everything delightful about cars and driving and distills it into a compact and lightweight package. It's a car anyone can enjoy. My wife, who until recently has shown no real interest in sports cars beyond their design, wants one. I want one, too, but I couldn't get past the Miata's terrible seats. For 2018, there's finally an alternative.

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A power increase was shown in a NHTSA filing

We're excited, even if we don't think more power is necessary.

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Heated Recaro seats are also an option now

The first 2018 models will arrive at dealers in December.

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But you may want to assemble the bundle yourself.

Though the price seems more like the Miata comes with a Gran Turismo Sport game.

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Some parting thoughts about living with this little roadster.

So charming it changed an editor's opinion.

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We've sampled each end of the Miata spectrum, and brought you a handy guide.

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It's less expensive than that V8 swap you've considered.

Flyin' Miata is the sole US distributor.

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It'll make Miata purists drool until they see the pricetag.

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We recap the recent crop of supercars and Mike advocates for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

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For long highway trips and dog transport, it's not perfect

Just because you can, doesn't always mean you should.

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