Unlike other sports cars, the 2016 World Car of the Year doesn’t achieve zoom-zoom with a focus on power, but instead prioritizes fun driving dynamics. The essential attribute of the Mazda MX-5 Miata that helps it achieve that lies in its lightweight build.
Keeping true to its name, the mad scientists in Palisade have swapped the SkyActiv-G 2.0 from an ND MX-5 with a honking great LS3 small-block V8 from a C6 Corvette.
If you ever see a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with Colorado plates reading 840-ZDQ, you’d better not challenge it to a drag race or a cannonball run in the canyons. As per the peeps at Flyin’ Miata, the brutish MX-5 you’re about to hear in the following video was finished earlier this week.
To ensure the rest of the car is up to spec with the new powertrain, upgraded brakes, suspension, exhausts, and tyres have all been fitted as well. Further upgrades like a carbon-fibre driveshaft, more powerful brakes and additional roll bars come as a cost option. The company will also supply whatever options and customisations a customer might want, for a price.
On the mention of price, the LS3 conversion will set you back US$49,995 (RM201,777), and does not include the car, although the company can help you source one. Fancy a V8-powered MX-5?