Excellent question. Is what that have been raised, the guys from AutoExpress, who have decided to put against the ropes to the two versions of the Mazda MX-5. One of them is equipped with the access engine, an interesting 1.5 SKYACTIV-G that develops 131 HP at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 148 Nm at 5,000 rpm. On the other side of the ring, a MX-5 engine 2.0 SKYACTIV-G, capable of generating 160 HP at 6000 rpm with a muscular maximum torque of 200 Nm at 4,600 rpm. All in all, the result of this comparison circuit may surprise you.
In a circuit with lap times of less than 1:20, the MX-5 2.0 excels in 3.5 seconds to his little brother.
On paper, the Mazda MX-5 with engine of 1.5 liters is 29 HP less powerful and has 52 Nm less of torque. I would think that your weight is much lower, but it is not so much. In running order, the Mazda MX-5 1.5 weighs 1.050 pounds, only 25 pounds less than their namesake with engine 2.0. The tester instantly recognizes the sound of the engine of two liters and its response to throttle is much more powerful. The performance difference on the track is palpable: is ahead in nearly four seconds to his twin with the engine of “half pint”.
And in a short circuit, where the fastest time has been of only 1:15,5. And with all, our dear Steve Sutcliffe prefers to outweigh the Mazda MX-5 with the access engine. Believes that it is more fun, that allows us to play more with the change and stretch the gears. In addition, its implementation is somewhat softer, more oriented to the streets. And thanks to that it becomes a toy in a track trap, allowing you to play much more with the masses of the car without fear of your power for us to chew on.
So that the MX-5 engine 2.0 is faster, but the MX-5 with engine 1.5 is much more fun.