While some delightful owners of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata are happy with its performance, BBR, the British tuning house has cooked up something more delicious for those who aren't fully satisfied. Coincidence? Not really. Over the past years, the UK-based car tuner has been offering turbo kits for the said car model.
Adding more spice to its rather bland performance, BBR has come up with a new ECU package complete with cast-iron twin exhaust manifold, a K & N induction system, a fully mounted scroll turbocharger and a carbon fiber turbo heat shield especially for the new MX-5.
To begin with, BBR’s £6,000 Stage 1 upgrade provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. The BBR-charged Mazda MX-5 Miata could reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250kph) after hitting a 0-60mph (0-96kph) in as short as five seconds. Aside from complying with MOT emission standards, the tuning specialist ensures that its products have the official approval of the TÜV and CARB. Likewise, BBR offers a fully reversible setup for those who want to revert the MX-5 back to its original spec. The newly added accessories meanwhile come in factory finish to conceal any changes made to the engine.
The SkyActiv-G engine’s powerful torque output is produced at 7,150 rounds per minute while the peak torque comes at 3,250 rpm. All the same, BBR gives off more than 200lb-ft (271Nm) between 2,750-6,500rpm for faster acceleration. In many ways, the original layout of the SkyActiv G (or Mazda’s highly complex 4-2-1 exhaust manifold) is more compatible with BBR’s twin scroll unit. To complement Mazda’s SkyActive-G engine’s efficiency, BBR employs a twin-scroll turbo rather than using a supercharger.
The turbo upgrade is also now available in the US courtesy of Flyin’ Miata. There are also other distributors outside the UK as the package is made available worldwide. For customers who want to try a little DIY at home, BBR is also offering an MX-5 Do-It-Yourself Kit. For the price of £5,275, this package comes with all the specific hardware and software necessary for the upgrade. Nevertheless, the two kits come with a three-year warranty and packs an additional 93hp on top of the standard MX-5 model.