BBR teases 203hp 2015 Mazda MX5

Tuning company BBR has revealed that it’s working on a 203hp version of the new Mazda MX5 ahead of its launch this summer.

Using a 2.0-litre Skyactiv Mazda 3, which uses the same engine as the forthcoming two-seater sports car, the UK firm has boosted power by around 40hp using simple bolt-on components.

BBR has previously offered a 270hp version of the outgoing MX5 model – using a turbocharger, new manifold and intercooler and a remapped ECU – and has hinted that it will do the same for the new car.

BBR director Neil Mckay said: “Our objective with the all-new MX5 is to achieve the same 200bhp 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.”

Visually, the BBR Mazda MX5 is likely to look subtly different to the standard model.

Mckay added: “Our current customer base requests subtle bodywork alterations, so we are also working hard on these over the coming months.”

We’ll find out more in spring 2015.