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BBR Launches 210HP Turbo Kit For Base 1.5-liter Mazda MX-5 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BBR, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, tuning, UK on 12 8th, 2017


Owners of the entry-level 1.5-liter Mazda MX-5 are now able to fit their cars with a new turbo kit designed by Miata specialists BBR.

The new turbo kit is a reengineered version of the turbo conversion for the 2.0-liter variants of the ND MX-5, designed for easy installation and without requiring any modifications on the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine.

BBR claims that with their kit installed, power output rises to 210hp, 81hp more than what the stock engine makes, and 197lb-ft of torque, which is a rather useful 86lb-ft more than before.

The company also claims that the rev-happy nature of the engine has been preserved, offering over 150lb-ft of torque from 3,000rpm to just under 7,000rpm. The kit uses an exclusive twin-scroll TSX28-67R turbocharger.

“For the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine, the main development effort focussed on turbo matching to suit our desired twin goals of transforming the everyday driving performance, whilst maintaining the rev-free nature of the smaller power unit,” BBR GTi Ltd Managing Director, Neil McKay said.

The kit also includes an easily installed front-mounted air-to-air intercooler, all the necessary boost hoses, a replacement battery tray, a high-flow K&N induction system and BBR’s renowned Starchip / EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package.

“On the Stage 1 conversion boost is set a conservative 7 psi, which is well within the limits of both the BBR turbocharger and the SKYACTIV-G engine,” says BBR’s Neil Mckay. “With internal upgrades to the Mazda engine we know that considerable more power is available – the BBR technical team is already developing future stages to exploit this.”

BBR’s stage 1 turbo package is priced at £4,995 with installation by the company’s qualified technicians while the DIY version is priced at £4,395. Stage 1 customers also get a 12 to 36-month extendable warranty.

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Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Limited Edition Coming To UK From £25,595 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, prices, UK on 12 8th, 2017


The Mazda MX-5 range is about to welcome a new member, the Z-Sport, a special edition of the popular roadster that’s limited to just 300 units.

Created exclusively for the UK market, the open-top model will go on sale on March 1, priced from £25,595 ($34,312). It will then try to lure customers away from the competition with its Machine Grey Metallic paint, Deep Cherry Red fabric roof and 17-inch black BBS rims.

Meanwhile, the numbered Z-Sport plaque on the dashboard, Sand Leather seats, Z-Sport floor mats and scuff plates round up the list of novelties inside.

However, since the limited edition car builds upon the Sport Nav grade, it also gets LED headlights, keyless entry, climate control, navigation system, DAB radio, Bilstein dampers, strut brace, and a limited slip differential

There’s nothing special about its power unit though, as the 2.0-liter engine, rated at 160PS (158hp) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque, is the sole choice. Getting from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) takes 7.3 seconds, while the top speed is rated at 214km/h (133mph).

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You Can’t Go Wrong With A Supercharged ND MX-5 From Flyin’ Miata 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, tuning, video on 11 25th, 2017


There are plenty of tuning solutions out there for the lovely Mazda ND MX-5 but very few of them enjoy the level of trust Flyin’ Miata does, whether it’s a full LS-swap or a simple supercharger addition.

In this case we can find out what’s the ND MX-5 feels like when is fitted with Flyin’ Miata’s supercharger package. Stock cars come out of the factory with a 2.0-liter engine good enough for 155hp so the extra power is more than welcome.

Flyin’ Miata claims that with their supercharger fitted, the 2.0-liter unit produces around 200hp at the wheels which is a significant boost (pun intended) to the small roadster’s performance.

The car you’ll see in Matt Farah’s One Take video also wears a Fox Racing suspension and upgraded brakes, while the supercharger comes from Edelbrock with a tune from BBR. A set of 17×8-inches wheels fitted with 235/40 tires and various other bits and pieces complete the picture of this nicely done Miata.

Does it still feel like a Miata? Apparently yes, only one that has the appropriate punch whenever you hit the throttle pedal without overwhelming the chassis, so in our book this MX-5 sounds like a winner.

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Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 MX-5 Miata In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


It's only been a couple of years since Mazda rolled out the latest ND-generation MX-5 Miata, so we'd expect it to stick around for a while before it'll need replacement.
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Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 MX-5 Miata In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


It's only been a couple of years since Mazda rolled out the latest ND-generation MX-5 Miata, so we'd expect it to stick around for a while before it'll need replacement.
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Off-Road Mazda Miata Looks Like A Mad Max Prop 16
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Offbeat News, tuning on 10 16th, 2017


No, you’re not looking at the star of a new Mad Max film. Instead, this Mazda Miata is a home-built creation registered for use on U.S. streets.
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Life Looks Good Behind The Wheel Of A Mazda MX-5 RF 19
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, reviews, video on 08 19th, 2017


Of course, it's not a Porsche 911 Targa, but the Mazda MX-5 RF only costs a fraction of that car, and don't forget, it's based on the most popular roadster ever.
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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Is Perhaps The Best Yet 9
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, video on 08 9th, 2017


To this day, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best and most affordable sports cars on sale and updated for the 2017 model year, it is perhaps the best it’s ever been.
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Mazda’s Bringing Original NA Miatas Back To Factory Condition 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 08 7th, 2017


Now four generations in, the Mazda MX-5 Miata enjoys a considerable following around the world – but none more cherished than the original NA generation, and nowhere more enthusiastically than back home in Japan.
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Mazda’s Bringing Original NA Miatas Back To Factory Condition 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 08 7th, 2017


Now four generations in, the Mazda MX-5 Miata enjoys a considerable following around the world – but none more cherished than the original NA generation, and nowhere more enthusiastically than back home in Japan.
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Mazda MX-5 RF vs Toyota 86: Which One Is The New Answer To Everything? 2
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Videos, video on 06 2nd, 2017


It’s a question that’s been asked repeatedly in the past, but with the two models now gaining a few updates (and a folding targa top in the case of the MX-5 RF), we need to see if anything has changed since the last time those two got together.
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Mazda MX-5 Destroyed By Fire After Explosive Burnout 27
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, Offbeat News, video on 05 27th, 2017


At the recent HyperFest event in Alton, Virginia last week, the owner of a V8-powered Miata thought it would be a smart idea to roll the lightweight sports car up to a concrete barrier before flooring the throttle in an attempt to do the wildest burnout possible.
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Good News For Mazda Miata Racers 20
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Motorsport, racing on 04 20th, 2017


The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be dismissed by those who don't know better as a “chick car,” which is a bit of a shame considering that it's one of the best-handling rear-drive roadsters on the market.
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Buy A 2016 Mazda MX-5 And Save Up To $2,000 7
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Reports on 04 7th, 2017

Prospective Mazda MX-5 owners in the U.S. will be rejoicing following news that the company is offering up to $2,000 off for last year’s model.
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Behold The Four Best Automotive Designs Of 2017 4
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi Q2, Car Of The Year, Ferrari, Kia, Kia Optima, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 04 4th, 2017


There's a number of organizations that seek to identify the best designs in the automotive sphere. But the first and last word belong to the Red Dot, and it has just announced the finest designs for 2017.
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