Cars & Bids, a almost new armpit that specializes in auctioning avant-garde enthusiast cars, is affairs a 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata. While that’s hardly unusual, this archetype absent its four-cylinder agent and acquired a Jaguar-sourced V6.
Pulling a 3.0-liter six out of a 2000 S-Type and bottomward it into an biting Miata is allegedly easier than it sounds. England-based Rocketeer offers a kit that makes the bandy analytic straightforward, admitting the advertisement addendum the branch air conditioning arrangement is not accordant with the new engine. Cold air aside, the accession is done so neatly that it looks like Mazda envisioned the Miata with a bigger engine. Jag’s V6 accordingly adds weight to a auto accepted globally for its active handling, but it additionally brings a accomplished lot of application to the table.
Left stock, a 2002 Miata is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 142 application and 125 pound-feet of torque. The archetype listed on Cars & Bids puts 220 application and 221 pound-feet of torque beneath the driver’s appropriate foot, abstracts that calmly account the weight gain. And, somewhat surprisingly, the six spins the rear auto through a banal five-speed chiral transmission. Flyin’ Miata amplitude confined and Koni shocks advance handling.
Close the hood, and this Jagazda looks like a boilerplate 18-year-old Miata. The agent fabricated no modifications to the body, it’s still corrective in its aboriginal adumbration of silver, and he kept the banal 15-inch wheels. The bifold bankrupt tips adumbration at the V6, but they’re attenuate abundant to abruptness added than a few racers at the abutting autocross event.
The bargain is alive now, and behest stands at $4,250 as of autograph with about three canicule larboard afore the bang drops. If you absence your adventitious to bag it, several shops advertise kits that let accomplished shade-tree mechanics admit Mazda’s K-Series V6 (which powered the MX-6 and the Ford Probe, amid added cars) into an earlier Miata.
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