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Mazda MX-5 Yusho Prototype Supercharges the Miata to 241 HP

Mazda pulled the wraps off the MX-5 Miata Yusho show car at the Leipzig auto show last week, tantalizing enthusiasts the world over. The main addition to what makes the Yusho so special is a supercharger that ups power output by 74 hp and 62 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to the supercharger, the 2.0-liter I-4 has had its output pumped up to 241 hp and 202 lb-ft from the standard 167 hp and 140 lb-ft. Top speed is now up to 150 mph. Despite the German introduction, the forced induction comes thanks to American tuner Flyin’ Miata.

Other powertrain upgrades to the Miata Yusho include a retuned ECU, new fuel injectors, Cosworth pistons and connecting rods, and a specially designed muffler that ends in center-mounted double tailpipes. Thanks to the new exhaust system, the exhaust sound can be adjusted for more or less noise. The Yusho maintains the standard six-speed manual transmission, but swaps in a sports clutch and a shorter 4.1 final drive ratio. Bilstein shocks, larger stabilizer bars, Eibach lowering springs, and semi-slick Toyo tires on 17-inch anthracite gray alloy wheels round out the updates to the sportier the sports car.

A matte-white wrap and spoiler along with a contrasting carbon-fiber rear diffuser and the dark wheels give the MX-5 Miata Yusho an aggressive appearance. Inside, the cabin is decked out in Alcantara, suede, and leather along with unique Recaro sport seats.

Since it is just a concept, Mazda has yet say whether or not the Yusho will make it into production. However, Flyin’ Miata helped Mazda Germany build the one-off car, and is now reporting that the automaker is considering a 100-car run of the hot droptop. Fingers crossed…

Source: Mazda, Flyin’ Miata

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2012 Mazda Miata

2012 Mazda Miata

MSRP $30,050 Grand Touring Hardtop (Auto) Convertible

EPA MPG:

22 City / 28 Hwy

Horse Power:

167 @ 7000

Torque:

140 @ 5000