With nearly 200-kilowatt at the tyre, this factory turbo MX5 is an utter riot.

Not for the faint hearted, this power-bumped example is suited to someone looking to level-up their motorsport licence.

Mazda Australia released two versions of factory turbo Mx-5 over the years: The locally-brewed SP, and the factory-spec SE.

The latter car was sold globally as the Mazdaspeed Miata and was a Japanese-built factory turbocharged model.

Although the SP got the diff, the Mazda MX-5 SE got a raft of OEM changes like exterior aero, unique mechanical components and a dialled-up interior.

All you need to do is turn the wick up on one – which is exactly what’s happened here.

About the car pictured – 2005 Mazda MX-5 SE

This example had covered 45,000 from new and was factory optioned in light metallic silver with a black leather / red stitched interior

On top of an upgraded PWR intercooler, the vehicle had both hot-side and cold-side plumbing replaced, 440cc injectors, a stand-alone ECU with COP ignition system, an upgraded fuel pump, limited-slip differential and plenty more.

It produced over 190-kilowatts at the tyre and was incredibly fun to drive. Chassis mods included high-end adjustable uprights and numerous chassis braces. Brakes were as steel-laden and big as possible!

Quick facts

What made this car special:

  • Limted-edition factory turbo Mazda MX-5
  • Highly modified with over $20,000 worth of supporting invoices
  • Two-owner with a full service history
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Upgraded intercooler, piping, fuel system, ignition, chassis, suspension, brakes, ECU.
Indeed, cars that give their drivers such joyful sensations are perhaps more important now than ever.
Automobile Magazine, 02/2002

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