Mazda's Only Factory Turbo Miata/MX-5


Setting the record straight

(aka splitting hairs)

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It has been said the Mazdaspeed Miata/Roadster Turbo/MX-5 SE was the only factory turbo produced exclusively by Mazda. Technically that is true, although they were not the only turbo Miatas/MX-5s sold by Mazda dealerships world wide.
In 1991 the BBR Turbo version of the MX-5 (and the later Lemans version) could be ordered/purchased through dealerships in the United Kingdom. These vehicles were produced by taking existing MX-5s and contracting out the turbo conversions to a company called Brodie Britain Racing (BBR) prior to delivery.
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In Switzerland buyers could order the MX-5 Kompressor model with a Bemani Supercharger. This sales operation was very similar to the BBR setup.   
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The Australian market gets a special mention here as they had an altogether different turbo model. In 2002 the MX-5 SP (Special Performance) was a limited production model created exclusively for the Australian market.
This model was based on a standard 1.8 MX-5 NB2 model and were assembled by Prodrive  in its Melbourne workshop under direction of the Mazda Motorsport Division based in Sydney.
The Mazdaspeed Miata/Roadster Turbo/MX-5 SE models however were completely developed and produced by Mazda in the Hiroshima production facility and were not contracted out to a third party. 
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