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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!