BBR, a tuning specialist based in the UK has just unveiled their tuning package for the ND 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5. Their BBR “Super 200” successfully increased the naturally aspirated motor’s output, cut the century sprint time by a significant margin while maintaining factory safety features.
The end results are staggering. The 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G with BBR performance package now produces 208 hp and 244 Nm; a respectable 50 hp and 44 Nm more than the stock motor. It may not seem like much, but remember that the ND MX-5 weighs a scant 970kg. This is enough to cut the 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds down to 5.65 seconds. Yes, 5.65 seconds from a naturally aspirated MX-5. No turbos, no superchargers.
All of Mazda’s SkyActiv direct injection engines feature high compression ratios, making them difficult to tune. Aftermarket tuners can’t just slap on a forced induction kit and make massive gains as the engine is susceptible to knocking – combustion of air/fuel ratio outside of the optimal moment for ignition. Therefore, modifications are not as straightforward as the previous generation NC.
The guys at BBR kept the naturally aspirated route and added high performance billet steel intake, upgraded exhaust camshafts, 4-1 stainless steel exhaust manifold and cold air intake. However, all these upgrades will only work for the 2.0-litre SkyActiv with their StarChip ECU software tune that revises fuel, ignition and cam timings to optimise the upgraded parts while maintaining the OEM fail safes.
This exercise unleashed the restricted power across the rev range, allowing for an increase of 40 Nm of torque from as low as 3,500 rpm. The tuned motor redlines at the same rev of 7,100 rpm. As such, drivers will be able to reap the power gains during every day driving. Releasing the MX-5 from its cage will cost around £2,750 (approximately RM14,900). For enthusiasts preferring DIY, the kit will cost £600 less.
Should the basic ‘Super 200’ not suffice, BBR has a ‘Super 200+’ package that brings out the ultimate performance of the engine. The ‘Super 200+’ adds a stainless steel exhaust centre section and silencers to boost peak power to 217 hp and 248 Nm of torque. No performance figures are available yet, but it will surely better the ‘Super 200’ pocket rocket. Pricing for this kit is only available upon request.
Besides extracting more power from the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G, BBR offers a range of chassis upgrades for the ND MX-5. To enhance the dynamics of the car, BBR has developed: BBR Sports Suspension, BBR/Eibach adjustable Anti-Roll Bar kit and lightweight BBR/Willwood four piston front brake caliper upgrade package. Prices for the chassis upgrades are £995 (approximately RM5,400), £312.25 (approximately RM1,700) and £595 (approximately RM3,200) respectively.
So what do you think folks? A tuning package for your MX-5 that safely bumps up the power across the entire rev range, seems compelling isn’t it.
Mazda MX-5 2.0L Skyactiv-G