Supercharged Mazda MX-5 Yusho Concept Unveiled in Leipzig
With ‘yusho’ meaning ‘victory’ in Japanese, it’s pretty clear what Mazda have planned for the MX-5’s future. Having only 160hp, the current MX-5 2.0-liter car is known for being a great handling machine. Sadly, some keen drivers have complained that the chassis is so capable that it could handle considerably more power.
Well, their prayers have been answered, as the Yusho has a supercharger strapped on top of the 2.0-liter engine. It boosts power to 240hp and torque to 274Nm (202 lb-ft), figures which are achieved with additional mods, apart from force-feeding the engine, as Mazda engineers have also fitted the car with Cosworth pistons and a sports exhaust.
Frankly, this is the car the MX-5 should have been all along, and with an easy sub-six second time to 100km/h (62mph) and a top speed of 240km/h (148mph), Mazda would be foolish not to put it into production, yesterday!
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