BBR launches 270hp Mazda MX-5

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We’re big fans of the Mazda MX-5 here at MR – which is why we’re very excited to hear that tuner BBR is launching a 270hp turbo version of the two-seater sports car.

Production of the GT270 will be strictly limited to 100 cars – but those who are lucky enough to get their hands on one will get an electronically limited top speed of 150mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds. That’s three whole seconds quicker to 60 than the standard car.

That’s also quicker than a Porsche Boxster S.

To make the GT270, BBR takes a new 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech, fits a Garrett turbo, upgrades various bits (including the clutch) and fiddles with the electronics. Buyers can also opt for various chassis tweaks too.

And, how cool is this? Drivers get a choice of four driving modes, selectable via the MX-5’s regular cruise control stalk:

  • Mode one – 98 Octane fuel maps for everyday use (designed for fast road driving)
  • Mode two – 98 Octane. Features include launch control set at 3800rpm, full throttle/no lift gearshift above 40% throttle, auto downshift throttle blip above 3500rpm (optimised for pure no-compromise circuit driving)
  • Mode three – 95 Octane cruise map (economy mode for longer motorway journeys)
  • Mode four – valet mode, the engine is limited to 3500rpm in all gears

So how much will it cost? Well, how does £29,995 sound? More expensive than a GT86 maybe, but the GT270 has considerably more power.

It’s the same price as the 205hp Jota MX-5 GT we recently tried. Although we found it fun we didn’t think the price was justifiable… will the more powerful BBR GT270 convince us? We can’t wait to find out!

Web editor at MotoringResearch.com. Drives a 1983 Austin Metro. Tweet me @MR_AndrewBrady.

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