New tuning pack boosts Mazda MX-5 beyond 200hp

BBR Super 220 Mazda MX-5

BBR has unveiled two new performance packages, taking the Mazda MX-5 beyond the 200hp mark. The Super 200 and Super 220 packages don’t use turbocharging, however.

Instead, these packs are based on the 184hp Skyactiv-G engine in the updated MX-5, and rely on enhancing existing components of the engine.

The Super 200 has a high-performance exhaust manifold, cold air intake, high-flow filter and custom engine map to bring the mods to life. The Super 220 includes all the above, but adds high-performance camshafts, valve springs and retainers.

BBR Super 220 Mazda MX-5

Power delivery is said to be improved, with the Super 200’s peak torque arriving 500rpm lower than the standard car. The Super 220 delivers its maximum power high up, with the full 220hp between 4,750rpm and 7,800rpm.

What price this added performance? It’s not cheap, with the Super 200 coming in at £1,445, or £1,245 if you self-install. The Super 220 package is £2,895, or £2,235 if you DIY.

The updated MX-5 was already quite a peppy thing, so we can only expect these upgrades bring it to life even more.

BBR Super 220 Mazda MX-5

“This is the first time that over 100bhp per litre has been achievable from a normally aspirated Mazda MX-5 motor without internal modifications,” said BBR MD, Neil McKay.

“Additional development has seen BBR achieve more than 110bhp per litre with the inclusion of our bespoke performance camshafts, which is astonishing for a road-friendly engine that now also produces over 150lb.ft from just 3,000rpm.

“As Mazda improves the stock Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre petrol engine extracting useful power gains from normally aspirated tuning becomes more of a challenge, but that makes the end results even more rewarding.”

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