BBR previews its tuning program for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Article by Christian A., on January 8, 2015

BBR revealed the fact that it is working on a new tuning programme for the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 and announced that it is making great progress with both its visual concept as well as the powertrain development.

As you can see from the photos, the new Mazda MX-5 from BBR will feature a new front lip spoiler, a BBR logo located on the front fenders, a rear trunk lip spoiler as well as new exhaust tailpipes and OZ Racing alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

For those who don’t know, Mazda announced that it will offer the new MX-5 Miata with a choice of two SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol engines with displacements of 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter. The engines will be bolted to a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission and are expected to produce 140 hp and 200 hp.

For more than 25 years, Mazda has been passionate in learning everything there is to know about the lightweight sports car. The all-new Mazda MX-5 has every Jinba Ittai inspiration obtained from three model generations. The aggressive looks of the Mazda MX-5 can be described in one word, moving.

It remains looking at its best, whether you’re driving top down on the open road or entering its interior. Jinba Ittai, which is the doctrine of rider-and-horse-as-one-body, applies to the Mazda MX-5 in more ways than one and since the beginning, it has defined the relationship of the Mazda MX-5 with the driver. An example of this is the way that the remarkably clever packaging of this fourth generation model combined with the interior design manage to remove the boundaries of the exterior and the cabin.

Other Jinba Ittai trademarks, including the more traditional ones, are inching closer to perfection. The weight distribution for instance is closer to the car’s center of gravity than ever before and is lower to the ground due mainly to shorter overhangs. The Mazda MX-5 weighs in at 1,000 kg and is 10% lighter compared to the outgoing model, making it the lightest version since the release of the first generation. It also has a number of features like the advanced passive and active safety as well as smartphone connectivity technology.

It also has evolved ergonomics that when combined with the human-machine interface allows the driver the ability to make the most of everything that the Mazda MX-5 has to offer. The Mazda MX-5 has also become the source of inspiration for its other innovations from Mazda like its SKYACTIV Technology which has been implemented in many of its line-ups.

With the all-new Mazda MX-5, the SKYACTIV has come home with two high compression petrol engines that have been specially modified called the SKYACTIV-G. There is also the SKYACTIV-MT which is a manual gearbox that is able to take the crisp and smooth shifting up of the roadster up one notch. It also has the exceptionally strong yet lightweight SKYACTIV-Body with the SKYACTIV-Chassis that has been adapted to enhance further the Mazda icon’s already outstanding agility.

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Despite deliveries not scheduled to begin until July, legendary Mazda performance tuner BBR is making great progress with both its visual concept and powertrain development for the all-new MX-5.

"A program of detailed performance enhancements has already commenced at our Brackley base," says BBR's Neil Mckay, "thanks to our investment in a 2.0-litre Skyactiv powered Mazda 3. Our objective with the all-new MX-5 is to achieve the same 200 bhp output that we can easily enjoy with simple bolt-on components on the current 2.0-litre NC model, before building on further power upgrades using forced induction."

Having viewed a pre-production version of the car BBR is also working hard on visual enhancements to add more presence to the svelte lines of the all-new MX-5. "Our current customer base requests subtle bodywork alterations, so we are also working hard on these over the coming months."

And the silver theme pictured in this teaser release of BBR 's all-new Mazda MX-5 concept? "Watch this space," comments Mckay, "we will be revealing more in spring 2015."

In the meantime BBR wishes it's friends in the media, customers and suppliers a very happy New Year.

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