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!
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