BBR wrings 213hp from 1.5 MX-5

We've always had a soft spot for Brackley-based tuner BBR - not least because it has always endeavoured to do what we're all thinking when it comes to the perennially sweet handling but ever-so-slightly undercooked Mazda MX-5. When it comes to the latest model, the firm has understandably applied its turbocharging instincts exclusively to the more powerful 2.0-litre variant - until today that is.

Now BBR is offering a 'Stage One' conversion for the 1.5-litre engine, which uses a twin-scroll blower to elevate the downsized motor's output from a worthy 131hp to a downright lively 213hp. No less enticingly, peak torque climbs from 111lb ft to 197lb ft - with over 150lb ft available from 3000rpm.

"For the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine, the main development effort focussed on turbo matching to suit our desired twin goals of transforming the everyday driving performance, whilst maintaining the rev-free nature of the smaller power unit," explained BBR GTi Ltd Managing Director, Neil McKay.

The company's exclusive TSX28-67R turbocharger is mounted onto a bespoke, cast-iron, twin-scroll manifold with the air charge temperatures controlled by an air-to-air intercooler that apparently doesn't require any bodywork alterations to install. Along with all the associated hoses and a high-flow K&N induction system, BBR also adds its Starchip/EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package.

'On the Stage 1 conversion boost is set at a conservative 7 psi, which is well within the limits of both the BBR turbocharger and the SKYACTIV-G engine,' added McKay. 'With internal upgrades to the Mazda engine we know that considerably more power is available - the BBR technical team is already developing future stages to exploit this.'

If the package is of interest - and we can't think of an earthly reason why it wouldn't be - the firm will complete a 'drive in, drive out' installation at its own premises for £4,995. Alternatively, you can do it yourself for £4,395. An extendable warranty is also available. More details can be found here.

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  • ZX10R NIN 07 Dec 2017

    That seems like a fair price for the full conversion, but it's not a surprise to see that kind of power from a turbo install.

  • em177 07 Dec 2017

    Decent price, although I'd imagine before that you'd also need to budget a decent set of coilovers and a locking diff to make the most of it.

  • daveco 07 Dec 2017

    em177 said:
    Decent price, although I'd imagine before that you'd also need to budget a decent set of coilovers and a locking diff to make the most of it.

    And larger tyres and brakes if you're going to use all that extra power.

  • Harry_mac 07 Dec 2017

    Price is also Ex Vat, so this kit, wheels, tyres, coilovers, ARBs, Brakes, and Diff you wont see much change out of 10K eek

  • culpz 07 Dec 2017

    5k fitted seems a decent amount for the end product. Would love to drive a turbo MX5, of any flavour!

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