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N/A or Turbo? | Mazda MX-5 (NC) & Mazda MX-5 RF (ND)

Updated: Jul 29, 2020


Would you go all-out N/A or do you prefer forced induction?

There’s no doubt that Mazda’s MX-5 is well-loved in the international community, earning titles such as the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history and a cult following that exclaims that no matter what car you would need, the “Miata Is Always The Answer”. Purists revere its small and lightweight stock platform, paying homage to the roots of classic Italian and British sports cars of the 60s and 70s. Enthusiasts who have a knack for modifications take pride in the plethora of parts one can install that could greatly improve looks, power, and the driving dynamics of the iconic roadster.

We guess you could say that these two examples are products of the former and latter combined - just the right amount of modifications that improve power, handling, and fun while still maintaining balanced performance that made the MX-5 such a charming car to begin with.

Representing the side of forced induction is one of our recent client projects, a 2009 Mazda MX-5 (NC) with boost courtesy of a BBR GTI Stage 1 Turbo Kit. The kit includes all necessary hardware and components to make the turbo conversion work flawlessly, amping up the power noticeably to 214whp on the dyno courtesy of an ECUTEK tune.

Supporting mods such as a Defi racer series boost gauge, Mishimoto front mount intercooler, and K&N drop-in air filter were also installed along with ST Suspensions coilovers that take care of the handling and stance. The package is finished off with a set of genuine Volk Racing TE37s wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE003s ensuring that power is put down onto the ground effectively.

On the other side of the spectrum is one of our ongoing shop projects, a 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF 30th Anniversary Edition (ND) fitted with a complete BBR GTI Super 220 Power Kit. The N/A kit includes bespoke performance camshafts, valve springs, and retainers as well as a a stainless steel exhaust manifold and cold air intake.

Supporting mods include an Autoexe full sports exhaust, a tune, and a custom ram air intake helping produce 174whp on the dyno.

It doesn’t stop here though, as these two are still unfinished projects waiting on more parts and modifications in the near future. The NC will get bigger brakes and add-ons to the exterior soon, and the ND is planned to receive stickier tires, better suspension, and Mazdaspeed goodies as well.


Parts sourced and imported by Karpartzzz69.

Installation and tuning by Titan Works Automotive Service Center and DTM Motorsports.


Interested in building your own force fed or naturally aspirated MX-5? Contact us at Auto Vault Speed Shop for inquiries.


ℹ️ https://www.autovaultspeedshop.com/ 📞 Contact Numbers: +63927 479 6936 / +63917 515 0388 🌏 Waze: Auto Vault Speed Shop

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