Flyin’ Miata has finally finished its first V8-powered ND Miata. The company has been slowly teasing us with images and videos for months, but it wasn’t until this week that the car finally made it to the streets. As soon as the current 4th generation ND Miata was released, Flyin’ Miata started the work to shoehorn a General Motors LS3 into the engine bay. The V8-powered ND Miata uses a Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 crate engine, a 6.3-liter LS3 with an upgraded cam that pumps out 525 hp at 6300 RPM along with 489 lb.-ft. of torque.
Flyin’ Miata has a history of building V8-powered Miatas. It sells everything from minor parts to full V8 conversion kits. For those with the cash that prefer to avoid the hassle, Flyin’ Miata will also sell you a complete, turn-key car if so desired. The price hasn’t been finalized, but customers should expect to pay about $50,000 all in. The conversion comes with full catalytic converters and OBDII-compliant computers, so it shouldn’t be a problem to register it in 49 US states.
The new car sends the power to the rear wheels through a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission. The rear differential is said to come from a Camaro SS. Other new bits include exhaust, suspension, brakes, and a roll cage. Exact details about specs like weight remain unclear, but it is only expected to be about 200 lbs more than a stock ND Miata. This is despite twice as many cylinders and more than three times the displacement of the stock engine. The finished car is expected to have a 53 – 47 front to rear weight distribution which will still keep in line with the Miata’s agile handling.
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