This Hellcat-powered Mazda Miata will go up for sale at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Auction.
If you’ve not driven a Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger or Challenger, we can officially say that the car can become unruly no matter the driving conditions. On the other hand, an ND Mazda Miata is one if the best-balanced, easiest cars to drive fast money can buy. Dropping a Hellcat motor in a Miata can only lead broad smiles and moments of sheer terror.
Barrett-Jackson will be selling such a car in Las Vegas in early October and we must say that we are curious about many things.
First, under full throttle, a 2019 SRT Hellcat Charger or Challenger can reverse the rotation of the Earth. This is thanks to the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 which produces 717-horsepower and 656 lb.-ft. of torque. In this particular Miata, which was dyno-tuned by VMP Performance, the engine is said to deliver 683-horsepower and 647 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheels.
Think about this for a second. The Challenger SRT Hellcat weighs in a 4,450 lb. and will cover the sprint to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The Miata tips the scale at just over 2,200 lb!!
This 1999 Mazda Miata is completely done up and ready for a good thrashing. It’s got a BSI roll bar, Hoosier R7 tires, big Wilwood brakes with steel-braided lines, a beefed up suspension, front-exit exhaust, a welded 3.07 rear differential and a solid 6-speed manual gearbox.
It is said that this mad Miata can hit 175 mph or 280 km/h in 5th gear. One thing it excels at is burnouts, as demonstrated by the guys on the KARR Youtube channel.
The Miata is being offered without reserves which means it could potentially sell for very little. Odds are however that it will fetch a good sum especially when considering Flying Miata can build you a 525-horsepower LS3-powered ND-generation Miata for $82,000 USD. Between us, although the Hell-Iata or Mia-Cat won’t have a warranty, the Hellcat factor alone makes it more exciting than an LS3… So, six figures? We’ll see.