Some Americans decided to put a V8 in a Mazda MX-5

It’ll make the Miata fly
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Aug 3, 2016

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re huge fans of the Mazda MX-5. The sheer balance, handling, and manner in which the chassis makes the most of the 2.0-liter gasoline mill is simply divine.

Sure, the engine may only put out 158 horses, but with a curb weight of just 1,041kg, the car feels utterly light on its feet. And the best part is that you can use it as your daily driver.

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But what if you could cram a monstrous V8 into the engine bay of the MX-5? If this is a crazy idea, then the guys at Flyin’ Miata must be totally insane for transplanting a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro’s 6.2-liter LS3 V8 into the MX-5. The mill produces a heady 430hp and is coursed to the drive wheels via a six-speed manual with a custom gear lever.

Flyin’ Miata says that this isn’t simply a case of Frankenstein getting his slimy hands on the car and turning it into a monster. According to its website, the V8-powered MX-5 is packed with a whole gamut of goodies straight from the factory—the Mazda factory, that is.

The tuners claim that they kept almost everything fairly stock. The only things they deleted were the traction control and the electric power steering. The latter was replaced with a variable ratio hydraulic setup. The result, they promise, keeps the car’s legendary driving feel in place.

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Moreover, front-rear weight bias—despite the heavier V8 up front—is kept to 53:47. This is almost identical to the stock car’s 52:48 weight distribution. What this essentially means is that the handling, which has been a Miata trademark since day one, is still present for every driver to enjoy.

Should the 430hp prove insufficient, one can opt for the more potent LS376 V8 powerplant. This is good for a rousing 525hp! Either way, each of these motors gets a slew of aftermarket upgrades to make the most out of the power they produce. The less potent version receives stuff like an LS7 clutch and flywheel, and an AAM differential sourced from a 2015 Camaro. The 525hp variant, on the other hand, goes all the way with a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft, and six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, among many others.

With all the possible options, Flyin’ Miata will let you choose how you want to build your ride. You can literally have the car of your dreams.

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