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Is anybody missing an Engine??:grin: Be warned the music is not for everybody

A Mazda MX-5 with an LSX is nothing to impress the internet with these days. However, many an RX-8 with a German heart transplant will be more to your taste.

To understand just how old the RX-8 is, remember that it was reviewed by Jeremy Clarkson during Series 3 of Top Gear. After Mazda had been forced to stop making it, fans pleaded with them to return the Wankel to its rightful place. But it was to no avail due to the inefficiency and reliability issues.

If you ask the internet what any sportscar needs, the answer is typically "a big V8". Well internet, you're getting exactly what you asked.

A fellow by the name of Nikos Tselos is spending most of his free time trying to stuff a "55 AMG" supercharged V8 engine into the shell of a blue RX-8. This Greep chap seems to have a passion for drifting and own a SEAT 124 DLS. So the result should be designed for going sideways. But no matter the outcome, he has our respect for stuffing the square cube into the round hole.

We're not 100% sure what car this engine came out of, but it's probably the C55 AMG, which stopped being made in 2007. At that point, its 5.5-liter supercharged V8 delivered 367 horsepower and 510 Nm of torque. Power was sent to the back via a 5-speed automatic, which changed cogs to the tune of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Irony would have it that Mercedes nowadays gives you the same numbers using only a 3-liter V6. But for the Mazda, it's a power bump of about 60% and will certainly unstick the tires easily.

 

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I agree, lots of MX5s with various LSx engine around these days. I have a factory stock 2004 Gen2 MX5 with 40,000Km on it, I have considered the V8 upgrade to it. But the LSx mod is a better fit for the Gen3 MX5s. I have always liked the RX8 body styling, putting a V8 in, if done properly, could make one heck of a nice sports coupe, IMHO. My guess is they had the AMG engine laying around. I think a new crate LSx would be the better way to go, but that is an expensive option. As example, the current installed price for a crate LS3 (I am pretty sure it is the 3) in a good donor Gen3 MX5, is in the order of 50-60K USD. None the less I wish the folks in Greece all the best on their project, it is a really neat idea.
 
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