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Friday, January 9, 2015

British Tuner BBR is Already Having a Go at the New Miata



2016 Mazda Miata photo

With the 2016 fourth-generation Miata revealed back in September, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the aftermarket companies started to work their magic. British tuner Brodie Brittain Racing (BBR), has been one of the first to get after it.

 In a short time, BBR has made a name for itself tweaking Miatas of the previous generation, and they’ve now had a look at a pre-production version. Work has begun on a 2.0-liter SkyActiv motor that the Miata will share with the Mazda3.

After having the foresight to get to work on the engine, BBR plans to extract 200 horsepower from the unit, something it is already more than able to do with the third generation NC Miata. After that, turbocharging or supercharging will be the next step.

2016 Mazda MX-5 BBR photo
After seeing a pre-production example last year, BBR also began planning visual tweaks to the already pleasing bodywork of the new Miata. According to the photo BBR released, these would include side skirts, front apron, small rear spoiler and bigger exhaust tips.

Overall, it’s tasteful and sensible stuff. Tuners often get a little ridiculous with the cars they’re working on, but BBR seems to realize that people don’t buy Miatas to be ridiculous.

They buy them to have a fun, attractive little roadster, and it seems like a BBR Miata will be a little more fun and a little more attractive while still retaining the essence and the practicality of the original car. It’s hard to argue with that.