This Mazda MX-5 Miata by BBR has a 224HP naturally-aspirated engine

This BBR-tuned Mazda MX-5 Miata is different from other modified examples. For starters, BBR took the naturally-aspirated route instead of bolting on a large turbo or supercharger. The result is 224 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque on 95 or 98 octane fuel, which is a far cry from the stock output of 170 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque.

How did BBR do it? Easy. It employed a tried and tested method of installing independent throttle bodies or ITBs. If you think you’ve heard of it before, you’re right. German carmaker BMW has employed the same technique in the E28 M5 and E46 M3. So, what’s the big deal with individual throttle bodies, anyway?

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