Two new engine upgrades from the British tuner that knows the Miata like the back of its hand

You might have heard of BBR already having a number of tuning programs available for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Yep, those kits were introduced only nine months ago when the British tuner unveiled the Super 160, Super 175, and Super 190 kits for the Japanese roadster. Now, BBR is unveiling the next level upgrade to the ones it has already shown in the form of the Super 200 and Super 200+ programs that bring out as much as 214 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque from the MX-5’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Whichever program you choose, you can be assured that your MX-5 Miata will carry more than 200 horsepower with it. Sure, it’s not as ridiculous as the Flyin’ Miata upgrade and its 525-horsepower output. But that tuner arrived at that power because of an engine transplant that gave the MX-5 a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. BBR didn’t go to those lengths and yet, it’s own kit is just as meaningful for those who prefer to keep their MX-5’s true to its character.

Apart from the engine upgrades, BBR also worked on chassis, suspension, and brake upgrades for the Mazda roadster with the intention of making a balanced tuning program for the MX-5. The result is as what you’d expect for one of the most fun cars to drive on the road. The added power gives it an extra kick and the complementing suspension upgrades ensure that it still handles like a charm.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR
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The absence of any exterior and interior upgrades may come as a downer for some, but BBR’s engine programs for the MX-5 Miata have proven to be as good as advertised. First up here is the Super 200 program, which includes a handful of handy modifications that was not only able to increase the roadster’s power, but also tap into rev ranges that the standard unit just wouldn’t go to.

The result not only allows the Miata to achieve higher revs, but also helps it attain a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 5.65 seconds, close to two seconds quicker than the standard version

On the hardware side, BBR’s program includes a new billet steel intake and exhaust camshafts that come with improved valve springs and retainers. A specially developed cold air intake system and a bespoke stainless steel exhaust manifold are also included in the program, the latter of which provides a gnarlier exhaust note that you normally wouldn’t expect to come out of the MX-5. On the software side, the highlight of BBR’s tuning package is its StarChip ECU package that comes with improved fuel, ignition, and cam timing calibration. This upgrade is primarily responsible for helping the MX-5 achieve an output of 205 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and 179 pound-feet of torque at 4,950 rpm. The result not only allows the Miata to achieve higher revs, but also helps it attain a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 5.65 seconds, close to two seconds quicker than the standard version.

Then there’s the Super 200+ program, which, judging by the ‘+’ on the end of its name, adds an extra amount of power to the ND variant of the sports car. BBR was able to attain the extra juice by adding a 2.5-inch diameter high performance TIG welded stainless steel exhaust center section, bringing the total output to 214 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque. For this package, BBR is also offering a choice of two silencer options: a subtler GT option that releases a more refined exhaust note or a Supersport option wherein noise comes at a premium.

Last but not least is what can be described as an upgrade that’s not on the menu. For an extra price, BBR can also install a gasflowed cylinder head that can bring the car’s total output to 225 horsepower.

Chassis and Suspension

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR
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Just like with its past programs for the MX-5 Miata, BBR also paid careful attention to improving the sports car’s handling capabilities. As such, the tuner is also offering a Sports Suspension package that includes Koni adjustable dampers that complements the accompanying lowering springs to create a better handling sports car that can also maximise its added power credentials.

On that specific note, BBR also sought help from suspension specialist Eibach to create a two-way adjustable front and rear anti-roll bar kit that helps improve the car’s handling precision and cornering grip, two qualities that are as important as anything to maximize the driving potential of the MX-5 Miata.

Last but certainly not least are the upgrades given to the sports car’s brakes, which consists of a Willwood four piston alloy caliper upgrade that not only improves the car’s stopping power, but also enhances the MX-5’s handling response and overall power-to-weight ratio.


2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR
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Depending on the upgrades you get, the price for the BBM program can vary so feel free to check out the individual prices in the table below.

Item Euro (€) USD ($)
Super 200 Engine Upgrade €2,795 $3,144
Super 200 Engine Upgrade (DIY Version) €2,195 $2,470
TIG Welded Stainless Steel Exhaust Center Section (Super 200+) €495 $557
Stainless Steel 2.5-Inch Silencers €395 $444
Sport Suspension Package €995 $1,120
Sport Suspension Package (DIY Version) €695 $782
Eibach Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar Kit €312.25 $351
Brake Upgrade Kit €695 $782
Brake Upgrade Kit (DIY Version) €595 $670

Note: All prices come exclusive of VAT


The Mazda MX-5 Miata “Indy” V-8 by Flyin’ Miata

2016 Mazda Miata "Indy" ND V-8 Exterior
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In lieu of a traditional competition section, we’re going to showcase what the Mazda MX-5 Miata is capable of if you put in the hands of a tuner that really shoots for the stars. This is the aforementioned program developed by Flyin’ Miata that includes, among other things, an engine swap to a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine that spits out an incredible 525 horsepower. The engine transplant got the headlines for obvious reasons, but it wasn’t the only upgrade that helped the Miata attain this kind of power and performance.

A lot of work was put into this dramatic modification, but in the end, the roadster also received a six-speed T56 Tremec manual gearbox, a Camaro SS-sourced differential, a custom Corvette-styled exhaust, and other goodies that include a carbon fiber driveshaft, meatier brakes, a roll bar, and an aluminum oil pan. All of these upgrades add up to a cost of $49,995, and that doesn’t even include the donor car. Then again, there’s a premium that comes with getting modifications that are insane as this one.

Read our full review on the Mazda MX-5 Miata “Indy” V-8 by Flyin’ Miata here.


2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR
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If you thought BBR’s past programs for the Mazda MX-5 Miata already presented massive upgrades in power and performance, these new upgrades make for an better driving experience for MX-5 enthusiasts. In a lot of ways, a Miata that packs more than 200 horsepower is the kind of Miata that purists would have wanted to get straight from Mazda. But now it’s possible thanks to the British tuner and the price of getting one is such that nobody’s going to burn through any pocket to get them. The only downside is availability in the U.S., but those DIY options help a lot in making up for that.

  • Leave it
    • No exterior and interior upgrades
    • Much better if the kit is directly available in the U.S.
    • There’s potential for more power

Press Release

Leading automotive performance specialist BBR is delighted to launch an exciting engine tuning package for the latest ‘ND’ version of the 2.0-litre MX-5, which builds upon the success of the company’s existing Super 190 upgrade for the Mazda sportscar.

Designed to enhance the everyday driving experience for enthusiasts wanting the ultimate from their new MX-5, the upgrade represents the culmination of over two years of BBR’s in-house mechanical and electronic development work on Mazda’s advanced, direct-injection 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine, which despite producing 160bhp at 6300 rpm and 153 lb.ft at 4950 rpm as standard (when measured on BBR’s dyno) is noted for being unwilling to rev.

BBR’s ‘Super 200’ upgrade addresses this characteristic, significantly boosting peak power by 45 bhp to a mighty 205 bhp at 6950 rpm, allied to an impressive 179 lb.ft at 4950 rpm (a gain of 26 lb.ft). Crucially, where the stock engine is reluctant to attain higher revs, the BBR Super 200 equipped motor excels above 5500 rpm, offering intense, exhilarating performance and response all the way to the 7150 rpm limiter.

Initial performance testing indicates that (when fitted with the optional performance exhaust components) the 0-60 mph time is reduced from 7.3 seconds to a scorching 5.65, meaning that whatever the challenge the BBR Super 200 equipped Mazda MX-5 can really punch above its weight.

However, numbers only tell half of the story. Such is the quality of BBR’s development work that the power and torque output of the Super 200 equipped MX-5 exceeds that of the stock 2.0-litre Mazda throughout the rev range, providing an additional 30 lb.ft of torque at just 3500 rpm, making this a highly user-friendly conversion designed for everyday driving.

In detail, BBR’s Super 200 upgrade consists of exclusive, top quality high performance replacement billet steel intake and exhaust camshafts with upgraded valve springs and retainers, a bespoke 4 into 1 tuned length stainless steel exhaust manifold and a specially developed cold air intake system.

Electronically, the Super 200 benefits from BBR’s renowned StarChip ECU software package, which includes revised fuel, ignition and cam timing calibration designed to optimise driveability and performance across the rev range, whilst retaining all Mazda’s OEM fail safes.

Available now, the Super 200 package is priced at £2795.00 including installation at BBR’s Brackley premises by its qualified technicians and dyno power graph (A DIY version, including the ECU programming hardware is also available at £2195.00.)

For complete peace of mind BBR offers 12 to 36 month extendable warranty packages for Super 200 customers.

BBR ‘Super 200+’

Recognising that some MX-5 enthusiasts always desire additional performance, BBR now offers a selection of optional additional components that extract even more power from the car’s1998cc powerplant.

The addition of a 2.5 inch diameter high performance TIG welded stainless steel exhaust centre section (£495.00) allied to stainless steel 2.5 inch BBR silencers (£395.00) boosts peak power to 214 bhp and torque to a mighty 183 lb.ft and provides the ‘ND’ model of the MX-5 with an exhilarating soundtrack designed to electrify any drive. Two silencer options are available from BBR, a quieter GT option for customers who prefer a subtle more muted note, or a Supersport option delivering a no-compromises sportscar exhaust system.

For MX-5 2.0-litre owners wanting the ultimate in Skyactive-G normally aspirated engine tuning, BBR can supply a gasflowed cylinder head, reworked using a flowbench to optimise performance. On the dyno BBR has recorded over 225 bhp from this combination –price on application only.

BBR Mazda MX-5 ND model chassis upgrades

A range of in-house developed chassis upgrades is also released by BBR to compliment and help exploit the full potential of the Super 200 engine package. Guaranteed to transform the dynamic qualities of all variants of the latest ‘ND’ model Mazda MX-5, these packages have been created to satisfy the needs of the most demanding of drivers, irrespective of road or track conditions.

BBR Sports Suspension :-

BBR’s Sport suspension package uses Koni adjustable dampers which are specially re-valved and matched to progressive wound BBR lowering springs. BBR’s Sport suspension package combines sharper turn-in, superior body control during committed driving and a compliant ride to ensure occupant comfort.

Priced at £995.00 fully installed at BBR’s premises (including laser suspension geometry alignment), a DIY version is also available for £695.00.

BBR / Eibach adjustable Anti-Roll Bar Kit :-

Developed to optimise the cornering characteristics of the ‘ND’ model of the MX-5 without detracting from ride quality, BBR has teamed up with renowned suspension specialist Eibach to launch a two way adjustable front and rear anti-roll bar kit.

Manufactured from cold-formed, high-strength aircraft-grade steel for precision performance and finished with a long-lasting red powder coat finish, the BBR / Eibach anti-roll bar kit reduces body roll through increased design stiffness compared to the OEM Mazda roll bars.

This results in increased handling precision and cornering grip in any performance driving situation on the road or circuit. Priced at £312.25, the BBR / Eibach adjustable anti-roll bar kit is available now.

BBR / Willwood Four Piston Front Brake Caliper Upgrade Package : -

Given the sizeable performance increases being extracted from the MX-5, BBR has also created an effective braking upgrade, designed to suit the demands of sustained high speed driving.

Consisting of a Willwood four piston alloy caliper upgrade (which retains the OEM Mazda vented front discs), benefit from a larger pad surface area and high performance BP20 compound pad, the results are significantly improved retardation and lower brake dust levels.

In addition, the BBR / Willwood brake upgrade shaves a significant amount of unsprung weight from the front of MX-5 – an impressive 2.1 kilo per side, further improving handling response and increasing the Mazda’s power to weight ratio.

Kit includes:
* Wilwood 4 piston calipers
* BBR CNC machined aluminium anodised mounting brackets
* Stainless steel brake lines
* BP20 Street Performance brake pads
* High-temp 5.1 brake fluid

The BBR brake upgrade kit is on sale now, priced at £695.00 including fitting, while the DIY version is priced at £595.00.

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