BBR launches Super 200 pack for new Mazda MX-5

Published: 07 September 2016

New Super 200 pack for Mazda MX-5
Supplied by performance specialists BBR
Boosts power to 205bhp, costs £2634+

Fabled MX-5 fettler BBR has launched a new ‘Super 200’ pack for the ND generation of Mazda’s svelte roadster.

The upgrade, which costs £2634 in DIY form, boosts the 2.0-litre MX’5s factory output from 158bhp to a heady 205bhp. Torque climbs, too, from 148lb ft to a more flexible 179lb ft.

How much quicker does that make the MX-5?

Mazda quotes a factory 0-62mph time of 7.3sec. With the upgrade, BBR states that the MX-5 will dispatch the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.65sec. That’s quite a significant hike in performance.

In-gear acceleration and general day-to-day drivability is reputedly improved, too, thanks to the extra 31lb ft offered by the Super 200 pack.

2016 MX-5 BBR Super 200

So what does BBR change?

For a change, this isn’t a simple remap and a few tweaks to the intake system – as you’d probably guessed, given the relatively high price tag.

BBR’s upgrades consist of new camshafts, upgraded valve springs and spring retainers, a four-into-one stainless steel exhaust manifold, a new cold air intake system and a custom ECU map.

Sounds like it’ll give the MX-5 some real pep.

The regular 2.0-litre MX-5 produces its peak output at 6000rpm and BBR states that many have criticised its unwillingness to rev – taking some edge off the Mazda’s driver appeal.

2016 MX-5 BBR Super 200

With the Super 200 pack fitted, however, peak power is shifted to a higher 6950rpm, with the limiter just above at 7150rpm – and the revamped engine is claimed to be far more eager in the upper echelons of the rev range. Consequently, in conjunction with the increased output, the MX-5 should be far more entertaining to drive.

Crucially, BBR says that the OEM idle characteristics and safety features are retained, and that the upgrade is compliant with MOT emissions requirements.

Are there any other upgrades available?

There’s a Super 200+ option, which adds a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, boosting power further to 214bhp and 183lb ft. Two silencer options are offered, granting the choice of a more subtle tone or a louder, more aggressive set-up.

Want to go further? Well, given that the engine’s naturally aspirated, you’ll start having to spend a lot more. BBR says it can deliver a gas-flowed cylinder head, which when fitted in conjunction with the other upgrades will result in the engine pumping out 225bhp – but it’s a price on application affair.

BBR also offers a lesser Super 190 upgrade.

2016 MX-5 BBR Super 200

What about the chassis side of things?

BBR’s got you covered. You can opt for a sports suspension package, an adjustable anti-roll bar kit and a Wilwood front brake upgrade. 

When can I buy the Super 200 pack – and how much is it? 

BBR says the Super 200 upgrade is available now, with prices starting from £2195 ex. VAT (£2634 inc. VAT) for a DIY version.

You’ll pay a higher £3354 (including VAT) for the Super 200 pack all installed and dialled in, however – so it’s not a casual upgrade, considering that’s 16% of the cost of a new 2.0-litre MX-5.

2016 MX-5 BBR Super 200

BBR says that 12 to 36-month warranty packs are available, however, potentially making it a more appealing upgrade for those who have only recently acquired their Mazda. 

Do I really need more power in my MX-5, though?

We’d say, initially at least, no. What the Mazda would benefit from, if you were looking to make it more entertaining and capable, is a suspension upgrade. Once the chassis, tyres and the brakes aren’t the limiting factors, and you’ve acclimatised to the car, then consider moving onto the powerplant.

Read CAR magazine’s long-term Mazda MX-5 test

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car