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2016 Mazda MX-5 gets LS3 V8 conversion – the perfect car?

For as long as the Mazda MX-5 has been a motoring icon, the debate has been raging in regards to its, well… modest powertrain.

Flyin Miata LS3 Mazda MX-5

We’re not here to pick sides in this battle, only report the fact that “Flyin’ Miata”, a Colarado-based auto house, has fitted one of the latest ND generation MX-5’s with a General Motors V8. For the sceptics out there, just listen to the soundtrack in the video below.

The 6.2-litre LS3 engine, which previously powered HSVs and American muscle like the Camaro and Corvette, has been tuned up to 391kW. Flyin’ Miata also offers a further power upgrade, with an extra 70kW priced at US$1780.

As you can probably imagine, weight has increased too, with the Flyin’ Miata now tipping the scales at 1175kg. This is around 119kg bulkier than an original MX-5 with its 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder unit.

The laws of physics being as stubborn as they are though, the weight distribution has changed to a 53.4 per cent front, 46.6 per cent rear, from the fifty-fifty weight distribution that MX-5 engineers wore with pride.

To match the added muscle, Flyin’ Miata has installed a six-speed T56 Tremec manual transmission, and a differential lifted from the Camaro SS, and a brand new exhaust system. It’s also available with further upgrades like a carbon fibre driveshaft, roll cage and a more powerful braking system.

Flyin’ Miata says the conversion will set you back just under US$50,000 (car not included). The firm has apparently begun taking orders. Tempting or what? Take a look at the video below for more.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.