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The flying MX-5

What happens when a Mazda MX-5 without an engine, an American tuning company - known for crazy conversions - and a Chevy V8 engine standing around collide? Correct: a car that is as crazy as it is wonderful. Here comes the Flyin 'Miata.

V8 in the MX-5: no problem
The company, which, like its latest project, goes by the name "Flyin` Miata", comes from the US state of Colorado and has already made headlines with the conversion of a second-generation MX-5 with V8 technology. Now there is also for that current model has the option to upgrade - and that’s a lot.

Engine from the Camaro SS
A V8 engine from the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS transforms the MX-5 from a 160 hp runabout into a 532 hp steam hammer. You can also buy a version with 436 hp, but to be honest: why should you? With the new engine, the MX-5 achieves a power-to-weight ratio on par with the Ferrari F12 - a little scary. The little Japanese should sprint from standstill to 100 km / h in well under four seconds, including a huge cloud of tire smoke.

The chassis grows with you
Of course, such an increase in performance cannot be achieved without further improvements to the car. The brakes, the suspension and the chassis have been heavily reinforced. A manual six-speed box with limited-slip differential from GM takes care of the power transmission. And if you think that the excellent balance of the MX-5 will be completely destroyed by the fat V8, you are wrong. The weight distribution changes from 52 percent at the front to 53 percent at the front - the difference between full and empty tank has the same effect.

Also for MX-5 RF and Fiat 124
If you don't like the look of the Softtop MX-5, you can in future also have a V8 heart transplanted into the new MX-5 RF with a fixed retractable roof. In addition, the guys from Flyin 'Miata just got a Fiat 124 Spider. So what happens to that, right?

Pretty high price
A brand new MX-5 with complete conversion to V8 technology is available in Colorado for around 69,000 euros. For a similar sum there are also candidates like the new Giulia QV with 510 PS, a Cadillac ATS-V with 470 PS or a Porsche Cayman S with 350 PS. And at least the latter loses the sound duel against a V8-MX-5 100 percent.

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