With a history dating back all the way to 1990, the Mazda MX-5 Turbo is turning the big 2-0 this year. That may not sound like a lot in human years - heck, we can’t even drink until 21 - but for an automaker, 20 is a long time for one model. And to celebrate this momentous occasion, BBR has unveiled the special edition MX-5 Turbo Anniversary Edition.

The package is based on the original 1990 150 bhp MX-5 turbo kit whose 1.6L engine gets tweaked to deliver 221 hp at 6,900 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm. Mazda’s 1.8L engine has also seen a performance increase, but those numbers have yet to be revealed. To attain these increases, BBR added a Garrett GT25 ball bearing turbocharger with integral waste gate control, a water cooling and ported turbine housing with ceramic coating, a new stainless steel exhaust system, and an auxiliary BBR Interceptor 2010 engine management computer with 3-dimensional mapping and external manifold pressure sensor.

BBR also hooked the celebratory edition of the Mazda MX-5 Turbo with full leather seats and any exterior paint color the customer chooses. Those won;t do much to control the new power added to the vehicle so BBR took care of that with a big brake kit with larger calipers, a limited slip differential, and a new set of light alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Celebrating the 1990 launch of the original MX-5 BBR turbo, BBR is proud to announce a 20th Anniversary turbo conversion package for the Mazda MX-5 model range, covering Mk1 and Mk2 variants of the world’s most popular sports cars, in both 1.6 and 1.8 - litre capacities. BBR’s relaunched turbo kit transforms the much loved Mazda MX-5 into a serious driving machine, elevating its performance from sedate to electrifying.

BBR’s in-house expertise and unrivalled experience with the Mazda MX-5 enables the firm to build upon the overwhelming success of the original 1990 150 bhp MX-5 turbo kit, updating and enhancing the design to produce a stunning, dyno proven 220 bhp plus from just 1.6-litres. 

BBR Anniversary Phase One Turbo Specification:

2011 Mazda MX-5 Turbo Anniversary Edition by BBR High Resolution Drivetrain
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  • Garrett GT25 ball bearing Turbocharger with integral waste gate control, water cooling & ported turbine housing with ceramic coating for improved thermal management
  • High temperature alloy cast exhaust manifold with ceramic coating and stainless steel heat shield
  • Front mounted Air to Air Intercooler and associated pipe work, powder coated black for factory style discretion
  • Competition standard hoses and fixings throughout
  •  Auxiliary BBR Interceptor 2010 engine management computer with 3-dimensional mapping and external manifold pressure sensor
  • BBR specification larger fuel injectors
  • Stainless steel separated gases exhaust down pipe
  • New cool air induction system
  • Modified sump
  • Modified coolant and oil system piping
  • Special BBR Turbo identification badges with BBR anniversary plaque
  • Priced at £4995.00 fitted

On the 1.6-litre engined Mazda MX-5 Mk1 and Mk2 power increases to a dyno proven 221 bhp at 6900 rpm, with 175 lb.ft of torque at 5100 rpm. For 1.8-litre engined cars, the peak power and torque output will be correspondingly higher.

Priced at just £4995.00 fitted in BBR’s Brackley based workshop, the BBR Mazda MX-5 turbo kit is available now. A DIY version of the kit is also available as an option, priced at £3995.00.

BBR enhanced complete Mk1 Mazda MX-5’s unveiled

2011 Mazda MX-5 Turbo Anniversary Edition by BBR High Resolution Interior
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BBR has also responded to demand for an upgraded Mk1 MX-5 model, which combines outstanding engine performance and chassis dynamics. BBR’s brief was to produce a carefully enhanced high-powered Mk1 MX-5 that combines great handling, civilised road manners and awesome trackday capabilities in all weathers.

As such, BBR is now able to supply renovated, 220 bhp plus turbocharged Mazda MX-5 Mk1’s featuring full leather seats and a paint finish in a colour of the owner’s choice. Prices start at £7,500 and BBR is pleased to offer a list of cost options available for the discerning MX-5 owner, including:

  • A big brake kit including larger calipers
  • A limited slip differential
  • A longer final drive (for relaxed motorway cruising at lower revs)
  • Larger diameter alloy wheels
  • Further power upgrades

BBR’s revamped Mazda MX-5 Mk1 turbo is a pleasure to drive in all road conditions, providing 21st century style pace with the classic, tactile driving experience that’s unique to the world’s most popular sportscar.

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11 comments:

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

The BBR MX-5 turbo kit proved to be the most popular aftermarket turbo kit yet sold in Europe and arguably, the USA too. Fast forward twenty years and demand and interest in BBR enhanced Mazda MX-5’s is stronger than ever, so that’s why BBR has done it again…

  (410) posted on 05.20.2011

Let’s just think that this is a limited edition, that’s why the performance is not
that great. This part is kind of disappointing, I bet a Mazda car could offer more than 200 hp

  (577) posted on 05.20.2011

: I don’t like the detailing in the exterior, it seems to be their something missing on it. And about the engine performance, I was looking forward for more power. I hope that other aftermarket company could boost the power of this car.

  (401) posted on 02.27.2011

I think Mazda should consider continuing the mps 6 with the second gen model i have a 1st gen mps 6 and they are amazing to drive anyone who has driven or owns one would agree.
They did the same for the 10th anniversary, but Mazda donated a 10th Anniversary Edition Miata for that. This time, it was just a regular Miata. Much like the RX-8, I feel Mazda is letting the Miata wither away in North America...

  (777) posted on 01.31.2011

The big question is will North America get a 20th Anniversary model? There was already a 20th Anniversary celebration in Texas last summer, where Mazda donated a Miata for raffling by the local club. They did the same for the 10th anniversary, but Mazda donated a 10th Anniversary Edition Miata for that.

  (201) posted on 01.31.2011

They already released the 20th Anniversary Edition in Japan last summer. It had a lot of the same stuff here, came only in Pearl White, came only with the 2.0L, had black Alcantara and red leather Recaro seats, and was also available with a soft top or power retractable hard top.

  (1333) posted on 12.7.2010

BBR’s in-house expertise and unrivalled experience with the Mazda MX-5 enables the firm to build upon the overwhelming success of the original 1990 150 bhp MX-5 turbo kit, updating and enhancing the design to produce a stunning, dyno proven 220 bhp plus from just 1.6-litres.

  (257) posted on 12.2.2010

This is a nice, clean, simple design. It’s really nice to have one someday.

  (380) posted on 12.2.2010

The company plans to introduce several elements, including the new Mazda5, and more efficient engines.

  (10) posted on 12.2.2010

BBR is a tuner company, like Rousch, Saleen, Caloway, and others. They produced a tubo kit for the Miata 20 years ago. they have developed a new kit for the 1.6 and 1.8 liter Miatas. they are also offering complete referbrished Miatas with the kit installed for a very resonable price. so this car is not a 20th anniversary edition of the Miata but for the turbo kit produced by BBR.

  (1023) posted on 12.1.2010

what did they do? they bring up the old design and installed a turbo just to have speciall edition one? I guess this is the Remaining units that hasn’t sold yet haha...

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