The Pit

Stage 1 Turbo Now Available For MX-5!

BY Azfar Hashim

Want more power out of your MX-5? How does 248 bhp sound like?

Mazda tuning specialist, BBR, has announced the launch of its latest development, an all-new ‘Stage 1’ turbocharger upgrade package for the 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND MY 2015 onwards models that increases power to a stunning 248 bhp at 7,150 rpm, allied to an impressive 320 Nm of torque at just 3,250 rpm.

Cleverly designed to install without intrusive mechanical alterations onto the 1,998cc SKYACTIV-G engine, the BBR Stage 1 turbocharger upgrade is specified to enhance drivability as well as outright power. Post conversion, the turbocharger upgrade indicates a 0-100 km/h time slashed from 7.3 to a scorching 5 seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

In greater detail, this TSX30-71R twin-scroll turbocharger mounts onto a bespoke BBR-designed cast iron twin-scroll manifold, whilst air charge temperatures are controlled by a front mounted air-to-air intercooler, which is easily installed without bodywork alterations. Similarly, the boost hoses and replacement battery tray are all finished in a factory style black and a high-flow K&N induction system is discreetly positioned.

Electronically, the Stage 1 turbo upgrade equipped car benefits from BBR’s renowned Starchip/EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package, which includes revised fuel, ignition and boost calibration designed to optimise driveability and performance across the rev range, whilst retaining all Mazda’s OEM fail safes. "On the Stage 1 conversion, boost is set a conservative 7 psi, which is well within the limits of both the BBR turbocharger and the SKYACTIV-G engine," says BBR’s Neil Mckay. "With internal upgrades to the Mazda engine we know that considerable more power is available — the BBR technical team is already developing future stages to exploit this."

Available now, the Mazda MX-5 ND Stage 1 turbo package is priced at £4995.00 (SGD$8,895/RM$27,966). It can be ordered via