We’ve recently been driving the all-new Mazda MX-5 and concluded it was a driver’s car of immense ability, particularly in relative-bargain 2.0-litre guise.
However, despite boasting a high-tech SKYACTIV motor, its 160hp output isn’t exactly headline-grabbing by modern standards. It’s quick, thanks to the car’s low kerbweight, but not exactly a rocketship.
Here’s where aftermarket tuning specialists BBR make things interesting – by offering a 225hp power upgrade for the old-shape Mazda MX-5 at a price that, once you’ve factored in the cost of the kit and the price for a runout old-shape MX-5, will probably roughly the same as the 160hp all-new car.
Able to be fitted to all 2.0-litre third-generation models (which can now be picked up on Auto Trader for less than £4,000), BBR’s ‘Super 200’ upgrade package starts at £3,490 plus VAT.
That means you can buy a 225hp third-generation Mazda MX-5 for around £8,000… now that’s a tempting proposition.
The following is included in the pack:
- BBR stainless steel 4 into 1 exhaust manifold
- BBR high performance intake and exhaust camshafts
- BBR 3.5 inch diameter branded tailpipes with stainless steel clamps
- BBR badges for front wings and bootlid
- Drive by wire controlled direct to head shaftless AT Power individual throttle bodies
- Bespoke AT Power / BBR curved inlet extensions
- CNC machined 20mm alloy inlet ram pipes
- MAP block assembly (enabling OEM Mazda MAP sensor installation)
- Ramair foam air filter (Optional BBR airbox and replacement OEM intake for trackday use)
- BBR Engine breather system
Unlike other BBR packages, the Super 225 pack boosts the MX-5’s power while remaining naturally-aspirated, meaning it will stay true to its roots.
BBR’s Neil Mckay said: “Compared to our hugely successful 260-380bhp turbocharger conversions for the MX-5 normally aspirated tuning can seem relatively expensive.
“Therefore target power figures aside, our primary objective with the Super 225 program was to retain as much of the original Mazda electronics system as possible, to cap costs at a realistic level for our enthusiast market and avoid the need for a motorsport style engine management system.”
This results in 228hp at 7,900rpm – a gain of 68hp over the standard 2.0-litre MX-5.
Prices start at £3,490 for the DIY pack, while a drive-in, drive-out installation is available for £4,295.