Car Culture

Holy crap, this 2016 Mazda Miata has a 525-horsepower V-8

A hairdresser's car, this sure ain't.

I want one.

Actually, no, I want all of them.

Flyin' Miata

If there's one thing that Flyin' Miata loves, it's a V-8 swap. The aftermarket Miata parts company has already swapped eight-pots into the first three generations of Mazda MX-5, and now, it's expanded that achievement to include Mazda's all-new 2016 MX-5. And it has 525 horsepower. Good lord.

Flyin' Miata's been working on this bad boy for the whole year, and it's finally ready to hit the streets. Earlier this month, its eight-cylinder heart started beating for the first time as the group figured out the nightmarish morass that is a modern wiring system.

The car uses a General Motors LS3 V-8, good for 525 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed Tremec manual transmission, and power gets to the wheels by way of a GM differential. The car has not yet been weighed, but according to Road & Track, Flyin' Miata estimates its curb weight at about 2,500 pounds, which is barely a single passenger heavier than the stock MX-5.

Flyin' Miata told R&T that the swap should cost about $50,000, which sure as hell isn't cheap. Then again, good craftsmanship never is, and if there's one company you want to trust with your Miata, it's Flyin' Miata -- and not just because they have "Miata" in the name. Sure does help, though.

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