Mazda MX-5 ND Gets Its First Power Upgrades Straight From BBR

One of the most recognized MX-5 tuning specialists, BBR has released the first tuning solutions for the latest ND generation of the Mazda Miata.

The new tuning packs are designed for both the entry-level 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre versions, offering full MOT emission test compliance in the UK, retaining all the electronic fail-safes of the factory and are completely reversible, in case you want to return your car back to its original status.

BBR has developed the ‘Super 160’ upgrade for the entry-level Mazda MX-5 which adds 20hp and 14lb ft of torque to the 1.5-litre engine’s output, bringing the total up to a maximum of 158hp at 7450rpm. The power gain comes from BBR’s own Starchip ECU software upgrade while the rev limiter now sits at 7700rpm.

The company has also introduced two different upgrades for the 2.0-litre models, the ‘Super 175+’ and the ‘Super 190’. Just like the ‘Super 160’ pack, the ‘Super 175+’ upgrade uses BBR’s Starchip ECU software upgrade to increase the available power, adding 17hp and 10lb.ft of torque to the engine’s power. The total output now sits at a maximum of 177hp at 6800rpm, with similar benefits to the torque curve, transforming the “driveability all the way from tickover right up to the raised 7100rpm rev limiter”.

Both the ‘Super 160’ and the ‘Super 175+’ are available now for the corresponding version of the Mazda MX-5 ND for the price of £495, including installation and before/after dyno testing at the company’s premises.

As for the ‘Super 190’ upgrade, BBR’s top solution for the moment, this consists of a new cold air intake system and a new exhaust system, from the manifold to the twin tailpipes, measuring 2.5 inches in diameter for the centre section and 2.75 inches for the tailpipes and the company’s Starchip ECU software upgrade.

The kit adds 30hp and 24lb.ft of torque, bringing the total up to 190hp at 6700rpm and 176lb.ft of torque at 3550rpm, 1400 lower than the stock engine. The ‘Super 190’ upgrade is priced at £1995 fitted, including before/after dyno tests.

“The Super 190 builds on the entry level upgrade by improving the inlet and exhaust efficiency of the SkyActiv engine, whilst retaining full MOT compliance and everyday usability. In particular at motorway speeds, where exhaust noise is often an issue,” says BBR’s Neil Mckay.

BBR has also developed their own lowering springs for the suspension of stock models, combining a 30mm drop in the ride height, taking away the excessive body roll of the standard car without ruining the ride comfort. BBR offers them for £495, including installation and a full laser geometry alignment session.

A replacement set of performance front brake pads and a full range of lightweight alloy wheels and tyre packages are also available now for order.

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