The Mazda MX-5 Miata is as popular around the Autoblog offices as Kate Upton posters are around fraternity houses. Few staffers have much criticism for Mazda's ubiquitous roadster, and fewer still aren't overjoyed when one arrives in their driveway. So you can imagine how a report from Auto Express about a more potent MX-5 model is going over in our offices today.

The new model, which was shown in concept form as the Mazda MX-5 GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, has a slight catch, though. First, we have absolutely no idea if Mazda will bring the MX-5 GT to the US. Secondly, and perhaps more problematically, this isn't a production car - it's a kit from the team at Jota Sport.

Now, to be fair, the kit doesn't sound like a bad thing. It bumps the UK-spec 2.0-liter, 157-horsepower engine up to 203 hp thanks to a sports exhaust and a revamped ECU (46 horsepower from an ECU and exhaust in a naturally aspirated car?). To make the little Miata even more agile, Jota has also fiddled with the suspension. AE doesn't mention things like the grippy tires or Recaro seats that were found on the concept, though.

What concerns us is the cost of converting an MX-5 to an MX-5 GT. AE seems to think the GT should retail for under £30,000 (around $48,000 USD), which includes the £18,495 ($29,800) donor car. If the kit comes to the US, though, it will likely cost a lot less than that.

How much would you be willing to spend on an MX-5 GT? The base car starts at $23,720 for a Sport Softtop, but let's assume you want to go with the $26,905 Club Softtop to get the six-speed manual transmission. What's the right price for the GT package, installed and with its three-year warranty? Let us know in Comments.


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      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enough with this generation of the Miata already. Time to retire this old dog and bring on the next generation which has been in development for some time.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think selling it past $30k would be pretty hard because aside from collectors, I don't think many people would considering paying over $5,000 more for an out-going model (especially with all of the good news Mazda's been giving about the next gen with series weight loss, a new smile-less design inspired by the well-received Shinari concept, and a SkyActiv motor). Consider that the S2000 CR was only about $2-3k more than the stock version and while it didn't have the power bump this GT has, it still had a solid list of changes from the original model like the GT has.
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will keep waiting for the next gen built in collaboration with Alfa Romeo.
      Gladius
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, this is a little late. Maybe mazda has been milking the mx-5's product life cycle a bit (actually a lot). I love this Miata Gt thang, but the concept had a half cage, coilovers, a bbk, low weight body panels and a tuned engine. If you were to do this yourself you're looking at 10k at least. So 30k all in seems reasonable provided all the equipment stays.
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll pay a tad over $30k for a 200hp Miata. But put a 2.3L, 300hp with COSWORTH on it, I'll surrender my wallet. I'm still puzzled to see Mazda never made a extremely light, barebones, more power, trackday version for Miata? It would be the RS for 911or ZR1 for the 'vette. I think it would sell.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'd have to raise the redline noticeably to get 25% more HP out a normally aspirated engine without internal mods. And that still would be quite hard to do without cams.
      Hoonigandad
      • 1 Year Ago
      It won't do well if it goes over 28,000$ the Brz/frs is an amazing platform at 26,000 also, and there's a ton of aftermarket support worldwide so a person that wants something amazing for this car can do it
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares. Let's get to the next generation already. I'm eager to see what the new Mazda design language does to this smiling grille.
      alexkoolur
      • 1 Year Ago
      why doesn't mazda get it....NO ONE in the US market wants a 200hp miata. Ok, maybe some retired men who did hair dressing as a living, but that's about it. So for only a few more thousand, I can get a 400hp mustang? Why don't they just drop a 300-350hp engine in this things and then call us
        Schwy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alexkoolur
        I want a affordable small light RWD convertible with a fuel efficient engine. 200 Hp is the max I would want in a 2600 lb car. I am a 6" 2' Construction worker that has already owned a 1991 Miata in high school. I almost bought the club sport this year, but with all the advancements in Mazda's SkyActiv lineup I decided to wait till the next gen. Driving around in a 400hp mustang around town is just a waste of money. If you have a trailer and take it to the track, then great. Otherwise I want a small fun to drive car that doesn't eat my wallet when taking a joy ride.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Schwy
          The Mustang is huge. I love the small body of roadsters-just inherently more tossable.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I stuck in a Miata at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2004 and couldn't get out. It took three big chaps to lift me out. Needs moar room.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems idiotic to buy a model that is as long in the tooth as the Miata, which has massive body roll, a very inefficient engine, and basically it just a generation now behind competition BUT is getting a complete ground up redesign next year. Only reason I can make for buying this is if it were hugely discounted compared to the FINALLY redesigned Miata, but that MSRP is outrageous.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
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          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          It can't possibly be designed for a model that hasn't been released yet. *facepalm* Point was obvious, wait for the new and surely drastically improved (if looking at the rest of the fleet's skyactive treatment) Miata that is likely to be lighter, more powerful, better fuel economy, and with likely a far better factory suspension. No reason to invest in a chassis that should have been overhauled five years ago.
      cartonlul
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can hear the sorority girls and grandmother's cheering now.
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