Flyin’ Miata is a well known purveyor of General Motors LS V8 swaps for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but their swap program for the ND generation of the sportscar will also work with the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.
The 124 Spider shares its platform with the ND generation Miata, so it’s easy to see why these Flyin’ Miata decided to branch out and offer a V8 swap kit for the 124 as well. The Palisade, Colorado based company charges a base price $49,995 for the ND Miata V8 swap, not including the car, and we’d imagine pricing for the 124 will be quite similar.
For that price Flyin’ Miata will drop a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V crate engine and a six-speed T56 manual transmission into your car. Other upgrade components are installed out of necessity including an aluminum driveshaft, an lS7 clutch, bigger brakes, and GM engine management and wiring harnesses. A 525 horsepower LS3 V8 is also offered, receiving a power bump via a hotter camshaft
The conversion only adds around 250 lbs to the 2,328-lb curb weight of the ND Miata and changes its 50:50 weight balance to 52:48. Flyin’ Miata also swaps out the electric steering system for a hydraulic one, offering better feedback through the steering wheel.
Flyin’ Miata’s ND Miata upgrade kits are currently available to order, with the first cars expected to go to their owners in early 2017. Its 124 Spider program is currently undergoing development.