Flyin’ Miata gives Mazda MX-5 525bhp V8 power
Have you had chance to drive the new Mazda MX-5? Did you think it was underpowered? Have we got good news for you…
Mazda’s ethos for almost thirty years has been to keep the MX-5 light and (relatively) low-powered so that it delivers a driving experience that is both fun and affordable. It’s a mix that works and one that has helped propel the MX-5 to become the best-selling roadster of all time.
But there are some people who have long called for more power. And now they’re in luck!
That’s because US-based car tuning company Flyin’ Miata has finalised a V8 conversion for the latest, fourth-generation ND-chassis Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Sound crazy? Wait till you hear the specs!
The GM LS3 6.2-litre V8 used by Flyin’ Miata actually comes in three flavours: a ‘stock’ version good for around 430-horsepower; an LS3 E-Rod engine for better emissions compliance; and finally, a 525-horsepower LS376.
All three versions come with the same T56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission and a range of other upgrades, including a new exhaust, suspension, brakes, and a roll cage.
Flyin’ Miata also says that the conversions can be performed on the upcoming power targa-top Miata RF and the Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider.
The entire conversion adds about 120kg to the Miata’s kerb weight, but Flyin’ Miata says that the car’s weight distribution is very similar to stock, and that a carbon-fibre driveshaft and bigger brakes can be fitted to compensate.
While no official acceleration benchmarks have been produced yet, Flyin’ Miata did manage a sub-four-second time in an NB-Series MX-5 a few years ago, so the prospects are very exciting indeed.
All that fun doesn’t come cheap though, with the turn-key conversions starting at $US49,995 ($A65,000) not including the car.
What do you think? Does the new MX-5 need all that power? We’d love to hear your comments…