Fourth-generation MX-5 heads back to Mazda's roadster's roots, surpassing its predecessor in every area
Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport 2018 UK review
Z-Sport special edition adds attractive new design cues but leaves the driving experience unchanged
BBR GTi Mazda MX-5 1.5 2018 review
Rapid but not rabid, BBR’s turbo conversion gives the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 a much-needed shot of dynamism
For a subset of car lovers, BBR GTi will be a familiar name. Performance-chasing owners of the R53 Mini and fans of celebrated Ford rockets such as the Sierra Cosworth will likely know of the place, which now sits in the literal shadow of Mercedes’ Brackley-based Formula 1 HQ. This is an outfit best known, however, for turbocharging a car normally praised for its free-spirited naturally aspirated engine: Mazda’s purer-than-pure MX-5.
BBR sells around 100 MX-5 turbo kits a year, almost half of which end up in America though there have also been recent dispatches to customers in places as far afield as Bahrain and Taiwan. The firm’s dealings with the big-selling Japanese roadster go back to the first-generation car, and the 1.5-litre model tested here represents its latest and arguably most finessed effort yet.
Despite figures that suggest this kit comprehensively remedies the somewhat lacklustre 129bhp shove of the standard car, aside from the natty decals you’d never know it was anything other than a garden-spec 1.5-litre MX-5. We like that. Even if you stood next to it at idle, you’d still be none the wiser.