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Mazda MX-5 GT concept meets reality

The GT package is only available directly through JOTA, but comes with Mazda’s three-year factory warranty.

A version of the performance-massaged MX-5 GT concept shown at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is now available through Mazda’s UK racing partner JOTA.

UK mag Auto Express reports that the GT package boosts the standard MX-5’s 2.0 litre engine by 33kW, thanks to fettled exhaust cams, a free-flowing exhaust and ECU changes, with the resulting 151kW set to boost performance beyond the slightly heavier 147kW Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ twins.

The power upgrade is accompanied by as-yet unspecified styling upgrades to ape the concept, which itself featured a front splitter and rear lip spoiler, carbon diffuser with central exhausts, and an array of paint blackouts.

The suspension has also been given a workout, with the comprehensive package carrying the pedigree of JOTA’s long-time MX-5 racing efforts. The GT package has not been homologated for availability through Mazda showrooms, but JOTA will honour Mazda’s three-year factory warranty.

The package has been developed to suit any current-model 2.0 litre MX-5, so buyers can opt for the folding hardtop or the soft top still available in the UK, and in manual or automatic transmissions.

Pricing is yet to be finalised, but is expected to creep in under £30,000 ($50,000), which would represent a £11,505 ($19,290) premium over the standard MX-5’s £18,495 ($31,010) UK price. Availability of the GT kit is not likely outside of the UK, but will help sate British enthusiasts until the all-new MX-5’s arrival in 2015.

Watch the Mazda MX-5 GT concept video

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