Power boost in Mazda MX-5

Automotive tuning company BBR has released a new performance package for the third-generation 1.8-litre Mazda MX-5, which boosts power from 136bhp to 175bhp.


Called the BBR Super 175, the bolt-on upgrade also increases torque to 194Nm. It was developed using techniques BBR learnt on its popular Super 200 conversion for the more powerful 2.0-litre MX-5.

Commenting on the Super 175 performance package, BBR managing director Neil Mckay said: “Given the relatively high weight of the NC variants of the MX-5, these cars need as much help as they can get to satisfy the needs of the performance enthusiast, but with a priority on retaining everyday drive-ability from a smaller capacity engine.

“I am delighted to say that we have achieved these twin goals by utilising BBR’s vast experience with normally aspirated tuning to deliver a wallet-friendly conversion with a minimal insurance loading.”

In a similar vein to the Super 200 tuning package, the focus of the Super 175 upgrade is to improve the breathing on 1.8-litre engine. To achieve this, BBR developed a pair of exclusive camshaft profiles with unique lift and timing specifications that help to maximise the spread of power as well as peak brake horsepower.

Working in conjunction with a special tubular stainless steel exhaust manifold and a large-scale engine management system recalibration, the BBR Super 175 tuning package achieves impressive power gains from 3,000rpm, and exceeds standard power and torque outputs at every point in the rev range.

The Super 175 upgrade is fully UK MOT emissions compliant, and runs on both 98 and 95 octane rated petrol.


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