BBR gives the Mazda MX-5 a substantial power boost

Up to 225 horses
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Sep 8, 2016


It was around a year ago when we featured the BBR-tuned Mazda 3. That car, you may recall, could muster up to 185hp from its upgraded 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline motor. 

Well, BBR is back, this time getting its grease-monkey hands on the latest Mazda MX-5 Type ND. Just like the 3, the ND’s 2.0-liter mill has been given a substantial power boost via the Super 200 package. The stock 158hp at 6,300rpm and 200Nm at 4,950 revs gets bumped up to 205hp at a higher 6,950rpm and 243Nm at 4,950rpm. If you will notice, the output isn’t the only figure that was increased; so were the rev limits. In fact, the redline now stands at a heady 7,500rpm.

All this translates into real-world excitement. Zero to 100kph time, for instance, has been clocked at 5.65 seconds; up from the stock version’s 7.3 ticks. Then there is the everyday drivability, with the torque coming in at a much lower and realistic rev range.

If this isn’t powerful enough, BBR offers the Super 200+ upgrade. This ups the juice to an even more potent 214hp and 248Nm. Each package consists of goodies like billet steel intake and exhaust camshafts, four-to-one exhaust, uprated valve springs, and a cold air intake. These are all controlled by the StarChip ECU that helps bring out the most of the 2.0-liter lump and its new parts. The Super 200+ benefits from a 2.5-inch TIG stainless steel exhaust and a choice of silencers to suit the owner’s style.

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But the ultimate BBR tuning job has to be the 225hp package that brings out the untapped potential of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv mill. And yes, a host of chassis upgrades are there for the asking. You can opt for stuff like BBR sports suspension, BBR/Willwood four piston front brake calipers, BBR/Eibach adjustable anti-roll bars, and many others. All you need to do is check out what’s on offer. 

 





 

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