Most powerful Mazda MX-5 released

BBR Mazda MX-5
26 Nov, 2013 4:16pm Guy Fox

Mazda MX-5 BBR has 268bhp and costs from £29,995

The Mazda MX-5 can now be tuned up to 268bhp – making it the most powerful new MX-5 on sale today – thanks to a new GT270 kit from aftermarket tuning house, BBR.

The GT270 kit features a bespoke BBR turbo, a new manifold and intercooler and a remapped ECU. There are four modes available for the ECU, including one for maximum economy on the motorway, one for trackdays and one that limits the engine to 3500rpm – BBR calls it Valet mode.

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Meanwhile, there’s an optional silencer for the exhaust to ensure it’s trackday compliant. Uprated suspension, which BBR claims improves body roll without sacrificing ride quality, is also available along with a set of upgraded brakes.

With a 110bhp increase over the standard 2.0-litre MX-5, performance takes a significant step up, too. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 4.9 seconds – it’s 7.6 seconds in the standard car – and the top speed now stands at 155mph.

Discreet BBR turbo badging and a model number plaque help distinguish this BBR special from tamer MX-5 models. Only 100 will be sold in the UK, priced at £29,995 with a 12-month, 30,000-mile warranty. If the GT270 is too extreme then there are a range of less powerful BBR tunes available. Alternatively, Jota offers a subtly tweaked MX-5 GT, featuring 203bhp.

Brodie Brittain Racing (BBR) can trace its heritage all the way back to the original turbocharged MX-5 in 1990. However, the tuning firm’s heritage doesn’t just stop at Mazda. Previous accolades include the legendary Sierra Cosworth, a 365bhp Lotus Elise, a 312bhp Mini Cooper S and even a 1000bhp Aston Martin. Today the marque is bigger than ever, tuning the potent Mazda 3 and 6 MPS performance models.