Mazda MX-5 gets BBR upgrade kits – up to 224 hp!

Mazda performance specialist BBR has announced two new engine tuning packages for the 2019 MX-5, and those are the Super 200 and Super 220 upgrade packs. Both builds are said to deliver maximum excitement for spirited driving, all without sacrificing driving manners and more importantly, reliability.

The Super 200 conversion kit includes a four-to-one high-flow stainless steel exhaust manifold, cold air intake system with K&N high-flow air filter, as well as BBR custom StarChip ECU remap. Once installed, these parts help coax an additional 18 hp and 14 Nm from the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G, which brings the new output to 205 hp at 7,300 rpm and 224 Nm of torque at 3,950 rpm. The latter peaks about 900 rpm lower than the stock motor, making the 1,100-kg roadster feel more peppy down low.

Next, the Super 220 ups the ante with bespoke high-performance camshafts, valve springs and retainers. This bumps output to 224 hp (+36 hp from stock), although at 217 Nm, torque is slightly lower than the Super 200. However, the upside is that the latter becomes available from 3,500 rpm to 7,500 rpm, which is even lower than what the Super 200 kit offers.

For pricing, the Super 200 costs £1,445 (RM7.6k) and is currently available as a drive-in, drive out conversion (including dyno test) at BBR’s HQ in Brackley. A self-install package for overseas customers is available as well, costing £1,245 (RM6.6k) excluding value added tax. The Super 220 goes for £2,895 (RM15k), but the self-install kit costs £2,235 (RM12k).

Those wanting more will not be disappointed either. BBR is also offering a range of upgrades that comprise of beefier brakes and chassis enhancements. A 2.5-inch centre exhaust section with a selection of silencers can be had, as well as a performance catalytic converter, all of which BBR claims to provide further power gains. For complete peace of mind, BBR offers up to three-years extendable warranty packages for both kits.

Mazda MX-5 gets BBR upgrade kits – up to 224 hp!

BBR managing director Neil Mckay said: “This is the first time that over 100 hp per litre has been achievable from a normally-aspirated Mazda MX-5 motor without internal modifications. It’s an amazing accomplishment for a predominately standard engine.

“Additional development has seen BBR achieve more than 110 hp per litre with the inclusion of our bespoke performance camshafts, which is astonishing for a road-friendly engine that now also produces over 203 Nm from just 3000 rpm. As Mazda improves the stock Skyactiv-G 2.0 litre petrol engine, extracting useful power gains from normally aspirated tuning becomes more of a challenge, but that makes the end results even more rewarding,” he added.