2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata V-8 conversionEnlarge Photo
You knew this was coming...
The mad minds at Flyin' Miata must've been wringing their hands and drooling ever since the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, the ND, came into production. After all, these are the folks who taken previous generations of the small Japanese convertible sports car and stuffed V-8 engines under the hood. The result is a still-balanced machine with much more power, thus eliminating any of the standard knocks against the stock version of the car.
Some of those same knocks exist with the new version of the car, so it's no surprise that Flyin' Miata is nearly ready to rectify that. Here you see a test fit of a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 sourced from General Motors Company [NYSE:GM]. The result is a Miata that should now be seeing over 400 horsepower sent out back. The estimated 0-60 dash will happen in under four seconds and the lovely 50:50 weight balance won't be upset, we're told.
In addition, we're told there are other engine options waiting in the wings. Flyin' Miata will eventually be creating kits or complete cars fitted with the new LT1 and supercharged LT4 V-8s. They'll be paired with a Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox, upgraded rear differentials, and beefier driveshafts.
A ready-to-rock LS3-prepped ND Miata should be no more than $50,000. That's a darn fine price for what should prove to be a darn fine car. It's like the Corvette had a younger scrawny brother that got tired of being picked on. So it hit the gym and is now ready to kick some ass.