Mk1 turbo, pros and cons?

Mk1 turbo, pros and cons?

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Drive it fix it repeat

Original Poster:

513 posts

11 months

Monday 19th October
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Evening all, I'm viewing a very tidy 270 ish bhp mk1 turbo this coming weekend and I'd like to hear some owners experiences.

For a while it will likely be a daily driver. 5 mile commute on B roads then some fun driving. I've had sub 20mpg cars in the past so hopefully fuel wouldn't be too much of a shock, all the work has been done to an exceptional standard with top quality parts and no repairs necessary. I have good knowledge of the build and know the owner and several mutual friends so not concerned about the particular car. More trying to learn what they are like generally.

Ive had a standard mk2 1.6 before and loved it but I have no personal experience of a turbo mx5. I've had this much power in other cars but not RWD or in anything so light and raw.

GravelBen

14,253 posts

190 months

Tuesday 20th October
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I had a turbo Mk1 for a couple of years, when just cruising along it was more economical than a standard one! Running around 250bhp at the wheels (according to previous owner, I never had it on a dyno myself) so maybe 300ish at the crank, but tuned more for mid-range torque than top end power. It was still very predictable and easy to drive, much scarier as a passenger than driver. I never realised just how quick it felt from the passenger seat until I let a mate drive... and that was only on low boost! yikes

It was a lot of fun, but low and stiff enough to be more at home on track than road and loud enough that I wore earplugs on long trips. If I'd put more road-friendly suspension and a quieter exhaust on it I probably would have kept it longer.

Overall I don't think I actually had any more fun with it than a standard one, just a different type of fun. No regrets from owning it though, it was a good experience.

Edited by GravelBen on Tuesday 20th October 08:05

Evanivitch

7,448 posts

82 months

Tuesday 20th October
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Drive it fix it repeat said:
Ive had a standard mk2 1.6 before and loved it but I have no personal experience of a turbo mx5. I've had this much power in other cars but not RWD or in anything so light and raw.
If you had a 1.6 then you'll be used to driving it hard but still being at sensible road speeds.

Going to turbo, and 200hp plus and you'll quickly find yourself at illegal speeds pretty quickly in an MX5. Different experience, and requires a different mentality and perhaps different roads. Certainly make the track interesting!

ShinyPsyduck

4 posts

68 months

I keep looking at going back to an MX5. Would need to be a turbo after owning faster cars. Mark 1 or 2 preferably.

pti

1,290 posts

104 months

ShinyPsyduck said:
I keep looking at going back to an MX5. Would need to be a turbo after owning faster cars. Mark 1 or 2 preferably.
Similar situation to you so I'm collecting a turbo NB on Friday:



smile

ShinyPsyduck

4 posts

68 months

pti said:
Similar situation to you so I'm collecting a turbo NB on Friday:
smile
Nice one. I think you will need to dechrome that one a little but the basics are all there- the wheels are a nice bonus.