Famed Mazda tuner finally turns its attention to the smaller-engined MX-5, with predictably agreeable results
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.