Mazda MX-5 gets V8 power

Mazda MX-5 gets V8 power

But Flyin’ Miata says the car’s weight distribution is similar to the standard car, and that its upgrades add just the muscle car motor is completely integrated with Mazda’s electronic systems, including its dashboard and stop-start button. The catch is that it isn’t compatible with traction control, which it would need more than ever before.

Mazda’s electric steering system makes way for hydraulic power steering as part of the kit, which also includes big brakes, upgraded suspension, beefed-up running gear and a big-bore exhaust to let that V8 sing.

That power – a 332 per cent hike on standard – comes courtesy of an LS3 V8 engine from General Motors. That means a 6.2-litre, naturally aspirated engine. You’ve a choice of 430 or 525bhp versions, but we think we know which will be the most exciting.

Flyin’ Miata announces that it is now taking orders for the LS3-powered ND V8, with first deliveries slated for “early in the new year.” Oh, and another thing. The $49,995 price doesn’t buy you the all-out 525 horsepower and 489 lb-ft (663 Nm) engine, but a 430 horsepower LS3 from a 2015 Camaro SS.

This one, with a full tank of gas, comes in with 53.4 percent front and 46.6 percent rear with a total weight of 2,592. That’s an extra 264 pounds over the stock model, which had a 52/48 weight distribution. It’s still darn close. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but it will likely be around $50,000 if it’s in line with Flyin’ Miata‘s other conversions.

Mazda MX-5 gets V8 power

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