Meet the 225bhp non-turbo BBR Mazda MX-5

The new, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 arrives on UK shores shortly, but MX-5 tuning specialist BBR is keeping interest in the old car alive with a new non-turbo 225bhp upgrade kit.

BBR made it’s name adding turbos to MX-5s – its top-spec conversion liberates a slightly scary 380bhp. But it’s still possible extract a lot more power from the 2.0-litre motor without a blower.

BBR’s Super 225 package uses completely reworked intake and exhaust systems and individual throttle bodies to produce 225bhp and 175 lb/ft of torque, up from 158bhp and 147lb/ft. And it revs round to 8,000rpm, probably sounding pretty naughty in the process. Usefully, the engine has been mapped to maintain to good chunk of power and torque right the way to the red line.

To keep costs down, BBR has retained the standard ECU. The pack costs £3,490 if you’re handy enough to fit it yourself, or £4,295 if BBR does the work. Then you’ll probably want to start thinking about upgrading the suspension and brakes, which will be another couple of grand. And then you’ll want more power, and so on, and so on. Gets expensive quickly, this tuning lark.

The kit works on any Mark 3 MX-5. Incidentally, BBR has already got its hands on the new version. That’s going to be interesting…

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By Only Motors

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