(File pix) The SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine now produces 17 per cent more power.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is being updated this year with enhancements to its comfort and convenience features as well as performance.

The hardtop roadster is now fitted with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. These functions are accessible via its Mazda Connect infotainment system.

Other updates include new black-metallic 17-inch wheels and a new telescopic steering wheel with 42mm of adjustment travel.

Although the Mazda MX-5 was never about power, a little extra sure never hurts. Therefore, the sports car’s SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine was given a 17 per cent improvement, resulting in a 181hp and 205Nm of torque, with better torque curve across the entire rev range.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF comes in CBU (fully-imported) form and is available with two options of transmissions, namely the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic with Manual Shift mode and a six-speed manual transmission.

The car is priced from RM259,154 and is covered with a five-year manufacturer warranty and five-year free service maintenance inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants.

The colour line-up consists of Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Eternal Blue, Ceramic Metallic and Artic White.