You Need This: Mazda MX-5 Ready for an Engine Swap

The third-generation Mazda MX-5 is getting less and less expensive. This 2006 car with a $2000 asking price needs some engine work and a new top. For some enthusiasts, that’s just an invitation to install an upgraded heart. What would you do? 2.5-liter update? V8 swap?

Seen a cool car for sale that we should feature? Email us the link.

Join Free Join our community to easily find more Mazda news.

Comments

View comments on the GRM forums
Chadeux
Chadeux Dork
9/22/17 11:47 a.m.

Has anybody put a J35 into an NC yet? 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
9/22/17 11:25 p.m.

well since i have everything for a 2.5l swap in the garage, I would got for that and track rat it. I've already got a v8 miata though so no need for 2.

GSmith
GSmith HalfDork
9/26/17 9:53 p.m.

Dang. 2G? 

A 2.5 sounds fun. 

NickD
NickD SuperDork
9/27/17 8:02 a.m.

Twin-turbo 4-rotor power is clearly the only option, a la Mad Mike Whiddett's RADBUL

gearheadmb
gearheadmb Dork
9/27/17 8:05 a.m.

Gone

wspohn
wspohn Dork
9/27/17 10:49 a.m.

Always wondered how difficult it would be to stick a Mazdaspeed 3 engine into a Miata.

Obviously a lot of repackaging of the turbo etc. to deal with going from transverse to in line.  Has oneyone done it?  Having near 300 bhp and all Mazda would be nice....but probably might cost more than an LS swap.

45FKVR43U3x6DyIx4jKUQO3eAYsQwLjC