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Born in the USA: 525-hp Mazda MX-5 V8

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There are a few things that define the word American. There’s guns. There’s apple pie. And there’s the small block V8 engine. This last one they are extremely fond of and tend to put it in anything they can, which is why the guys at Flyin’ Miata absolutely had to  try it in the new Mazda MX-5.

The result of their efforts is one of the most awesome pointless things ever. It’s a Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 6.3 liter LS3 Chevy V8 engine pumping 525 horsepower. In order to make this nose-heavy creature work they also had to fit it with a Tremec T56 six-speed manual and a Camaro SS Positraction differential. But they’ve done it, and now the world has a 500+ horsepower Miata.

Flyin’ Miata claims there are not major concerns about the handling of this little beast as they’ve fitted 245-section tires, wide fenders and huge Wilwood front brakes with six-piston calipers. That’s kind of like saying it’s okay that I fed Bourbon to my 2-year old baby because I had a stern talk with him not to die. But hey, at least the kid’s gonna pull some hilarious stunts before his liver gets toast and his heart stops.

Mazda MX-5 V8 Full Specs:

  • 430 hp 6.2L LS3 V8 engine with a two year warranty – a 2015 Camaro SS engine
  • 6-speed T56 Magnum transmission with a custom shift lever
  • FM spec Moroso steel oil pan with baffling
  • LS7 clutch and flywheel
  • AAM differential from a 2015 Camaro
  • custom-built dual pass crossflow radiator
  • dual Spal fans on a custom shroud
  • new aluminum driveshaft
  • heavy duty halfshafts
  • stainless steel headers and dual exhaust with a lifetime warranty
  • Magnaflow high-flow dual catalytic converters
  • upgraded fuel system
  • new GM-built engine wiring harness and engine management
  • Flyin’ Miata custom engine dyno tune for more power and improved drivability with our specific parts
  • OE-style motor mounts for good NVH control
  • custom air intake system with hot air baffle
  • rear mount Odyssey battery with kill switch and engine bay jump start terminal
  • Corvette C6 starter
  • fully functional stock gauges
  • FM sway bars front & rear with adjustable end links
  • Flyin’ Miata FOX Racing suspension
  • ABS
  • FM four wheel little big brake kit
  • air conditioning
  • Hydraulic steering conversion
  • relocated washer bottle
  • many custom stainless brackets required for a clean installation
  • Flyin’ Miata alignment

Options and upgrade prices:

  • LS3 E-Rod engine (better emissions compliance), $640
  • LS376/525 (525 hp, 489 ft-lb), $1780
  • carbon fiber driveshaft, $520
  • aluminum oil pan, $70
  • 6-piston front, 4-piston rear brake upgrade, $725
  • Swain Tech White Lightning ceramic coating for the headers & cat pipes- $925
  • Hot Rod Therapy DBW cruise control- roughly $1000, price TBD
  • wheel and tire packages – please speak to us for recommendations and pricing
  • Hard Dog roll bar – please speak to us for recommendations and pricing.

Via Flyin’ Miata

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