Mazda MX-5 with a monstrous 525bhp

By CARSIFU | 3 August 2016

PALISADE (Colorado): Meet the 525bhp Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, courtesy of American tuner Flyin' Miata.

The specialist Miata tuner is based in Palisade, Colorado and has beefed up the popular Japanese convertible with serious firepower from Chevrolet 6.2-litre V8 engines. The car looks almost completely stock from the outside and interior, but Flyin' Miata says it has been completely re-engineered.

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All parts used in the conversion are new, and most of the original systems have been retained.

However, Flyin' Miata has disabled traction control, and also replaced the electric power steering with a hydraulically assisted unit with a variable ratio. After conversion, the Miata is 113kg heavier.

The balance of the converted Miata is still close to its front/rear stock weight bias of 52:48, as after conversion, it has a weight bias of 53:47.

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There are three Chevrolet LS3 crate V8 engine choices, namely the standard 6.2-litre 430hp LS3 crate engine found in the recent Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro sports cars, and an LS3 E-Rod engine (better emissions compliance) or the monstrous LS376/525 engine with 525bhp and 663Nm of torque.

Also, the modified Miata gets a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission, and an upgraded rear end with an LSD (limited-slip differential), a new driveshaft and new halfshafts.

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The price of the conversion starts from US$49,995 or RM202,621 (car not included).

An extra US$1,780 or RM7,214 will get you the monstrous LS376/525 engine with 525bhp.

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