We knew this would happen. At this time last year, back when the ND Miata was just breaking cover, we spoke with the mad scientists at Flyin' Miata and found out they'd already made plans to cram a stonking V8 under that brand-new hood.
Well, according to , everything is going to plan.
It's not a runner yet—this was just an early mockup to get measurements and, y'know, make sure the dang thing actually fit. Looks like it does, snugly. We've reached out to Flyin' Miata to get all the details on this project, and we'll update as soon as we hear back.
Update: Keith Tanner of Flyin' Miata reached out to us with some more details. While the V8 ND is in fact a mock-up, he says the final product will most likely feature an LS3 V8 making anywhere between 430 and 525 horsepower, depending on customer needs. Like Flyin' Miata's other conversions, the ND will use a T56 6-speed manual transmission and a Camaro or Cadillac CTS-V differential, and it'll be 49-state legal (California remains a challenge) and carry GM's two-year crate engine warranty. Oh, and Keith says the engine actually fits in the ND more easily than in previous-generation Miatas, meaning a turn-key conversion could come in slightly less expensive than the $50,000 or so that FM charges for NA, NB, and NC conversions. Keith hopes to be driving the first completed conversion by end of summer or early fall.
Yes, yes, we know: When we first got our chance to drive the newest Miata, we proclaimed that the stock 155-horsepower output was just right. The car is significantly lighter and smaller than the NC-generation Miata, bringing it more in line with the size and weight of the beguiling first-generation roadster. The stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder is a gem of an engine.
But a V8 Miata is just something altogether different, and Flyin' Miata's conversions are universally awesome. FM's NC-generation Franken-roadster was a revelation, and the 480-hp Corvette engine that the Colorado customizer drops into NB Miatas creates something our Larry Webster likens to "a four-fifths Viper."
We've got a feeling that the same kind of magic will happen when that V8 finally lands inside the 2016 Miata. And we can't wait to drive it.