Turbo Kit in Development for 2014+ Mazda 3 & 2013+ Mazda 6

I am writing this exciting blog because the Mazda SkyActiv-G is getting some CorkSport TURBO LOVE.

Since 2013 and the loss of the Mazdaspeed 3, Mazda has really left a lot to be desired as far as power goes for its line-up. Don’t get me wrong, we love Mazda here at CorkSport; the interiors and exteriors are on point, they get great gas mileage, and are exciting to drive. We will always continue pushing and developing the platform that Mazda is kicking out, but let’s be real…we love power too much to let this one slide.

Our Decision Process

2.5l Mazda 3
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I’ll admit, we thought long and hard about moving forward with such a large turbo kit for the Mazda 3 and 6. We hoped, we wished, and we dreamed that Mazda would eventually wise up and kick out a GEN3 Mazdaspeed, and we got really excited when we heard about the CX-9 Turbocharged 2.5L engine. Unfortunately, Mazda chose not to go down that path. Once we found out for sure, we decided it was time to pull the trigger on the GEN3 Mazda 3 & 6 Turbo Kit.

Moving forward on a project of this size was not a trivial decision. There were many aspects to consider:

  • Do we make a complete kit or just design and manufacture difficult components?
  • What is the right power level to shoot for?
  • How will the engine and drivetrain hold up to the increased stress of forced induction?
  • How do we properly tune the engine?

These are all important aspects we had to consider.

The Choices We Made

The most difficult and time-intensive aspect of the kit is designing the physical components that will make up the kit… the entire kit. And yes, we decided that a 100% complete kit was the only way to make this a great setup, so that exactly what we intend to provide.

A complete kit needs to include everything from the air filter to the downpipe, and everything in-between. This includes the intake system, turbocharger, intercooler piping, intercooler, exhaust manifold, downpipe, and all the necessary silicone couplers, hardware, and wiring extensions.

This will be the most complete turbo kit you can purchase for the 2.5L SkyActiv-G powertrain.

Mazda 3 CAD Turbo Kit
CAD Designed Turbo Kit Mock-Up

Right behind developing all the components for the kit comes the tuning. We are working with Versatune to develop the software to control the 2.5L Sky-G engine with forced induction. This portion of the project will be kicked into high gear in the near future once all functional prototypes are on our test car and strapped to the dyno.

The Things We Don’t Know

We’ve got a long way to go with this project, and there are still some uncertainties we will have to address when we get there. We will need to find out if the engine can take the added power, and how much until it goes zoom-zoom-boom!

Time will tell on these questions, but we do have some stuff in the works that will help. While I’m just spit-balling here, something around 280-300whp would be a lot of fun in the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. Make sure to stay tuned as this project evolves through testing and development in the coming months. I have only skimmed the surface of this project and I could easily write pages and pages if time allowed.

What are your thoughts on this new project? Questions? Leave them in the comments section, we would love to hear from you.

-Barett @ CS

Turbo Kit in Development for 2014+ Mazda 3 & 2013+ Mazda 6
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Turbo Kit in Development for 2014+ Mazda 3 & 2013+ Mazda 6
Replacement for the Mazdaspeed 3, CorkSport is building our own turbo kit the 2014+ 2.5 Skyactiv engine to be the 2018 Mazdaspeed 3. This will be the upgrade to have for the 2014-2019 Mazda 3 as a bolt in turbo kit.
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254 Replies to “Turbo Kit in Development for 2014+ Mazda 3 & 2013+ Mazda 6”

  1. Impressed you have found a way to make a reasonable amount of boost on the high-compression DI Sky-G motor. Nominally 8 psi boost target at 5300 rpm?

  2. First of all, Thank you! We really want and need this. I am curious about installation. Will Corksport maybe team up with some recommended installers for this thing?

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  4. You’re talking only of doing this with the 2.5l. Is that all the kit is going to be made for or are you going to produce a kit for the 2.0l as well?

  5. I am so excited for this! Turbo charging my Mazda 6 is going to be exactly what it needs. I can’t wait to bolt it on!

  6. I’m excited and I’m really looking forward to the development of this kit! I was beginning to miss my Speed3 and questioning my purchase of a 14′ Mazda6 but this might make things better.

  7. CS, you need to promote this kit a lot more, a good turbo kit for the 2.0 and 2.5 at a decent price is silently waited for by a lot of people.

  8. The Skyactiv has a very high compression ratio so I’m concerned about how much boost the engine can take. The other part would be the capacity of the clutch to handle increased power without slip. Is there any hope that this kit will be CARB certified?

  9. I was wondering what my next car was going to be after my 2010 mps3 becomes a lost love, this may answer my question, very interested!

  10. …Coool‼️
    Very good “Performance-News”🏁🏁🏁
    Please continue to develop!
    I don’t know, why Mazda is sleeping about new Mazda 3 mazdaspeed?!

  11. Will the manual transmission handle the power? I’m NOT asking about 5000RPM clutch drops on a sticky drag strip because I already know the answer to that question!

  12. There are turbocharged Skyactiv Mx5s already on the market. The cost to carb certify a kit is pretty nuts. We do not have plans currently to do a carb certification.

  13. The clutch should be ok; my understanding is that the DMF clutch is in there because they basically took the diesel clutch that is used overseas and stuck it in the MTX versions here in the states. It thus has plenty of holding capacity for the additional torque.

    The obvious concern here is going to be price; this looks like a very expensive piece of kit. On the other hand if you can have the power when you want it, yet lay off it and keep nearly all of the existing fuel economy, it might be worth it for crazies like me. 🙂

  14. Thank you! Please make one for the 3rd gen 2.5L automatic! A twin-turbo would be nice for faster spool. Or maybe a kit with a centrifugal supercharger why not?

  15. Reading this made me extremely happy. I will definitely be purchasing this kit. Any idea yet on price?

  16. I’m so stoked for this. Thanks for listening to the 3rd gen community, this is what we’ve all been wanting! Any ETA for these? Please keep us updated.

  17. Really hope you guys consider the 2.0. Many people like me werent fortunate to br able to afford the GT model. I already done alot to my sport 2017 and having a turbo would really make alot of us happy. I already submitted the request and we are spreading the news to the forums etc. Glad to see theres love for the 3 besides the miata.

  18. This is awsome! With this kit i can build my own, 3rd gen speed3. Something that i was thinking about for a while! Great job Corksport!

  19. I’m stoked. I drove a 1989 MX-6 GT for 26.5 years, and now have a 2016 3 SGT manual (2.5L). It’s a great car, but I do miss the boost! I’m expecting that by the time I’m near the end of my warranty you’ll have this kit ready.

    Would you consider working with Orange Virus tuning? (Mathew is great at what he does, and he knows the SkyActiv CPUs very well.)

  20. Wooooooooowwwwwwww thats the best news i heard this year!!!!!!!! Please develop the turbo for mazda 3!!!!! Thats my dream!!!
    Greetings from Mexico city!!

  21. Gen3 2.5L ATX compatible Please!. 280-300 whp would be gold. I’d be satisfied with 250whp as long as it’s durable.

  22. Are you guys concerned about understeer? I feel like that much power on a FWD is going to send me straight into the corner

  23. Chris, your concern about the understeer is worth noting, but there are many high power FWD vehicles in the market. Suspension upgrades will be key to handling the power successfully. CorkSport offers an assortment if suspension upgrades for the GEN3 which will help.

  24. Hell yea brother. This is literally what I have been wishing for the entire time I have owned the 2.5 L. I can’t thank you guys enough for making this turbo thing soon to be a reality. I wonder how much power we can realistically make. 250 to the wheel? Will the tranny be able to handle it? I guess these are some questions that will be answered from you guys in the coming kit, but I am very curious.

  25. Hell yeah! I have a 2016 Mazda 6. Can’t wait to hear upcoming progress. I’d definitely be signing up for beta tester if you guys need it for the 6. I’ve seen the progress on the turbo so far from seeing it at the dynoday and I’m impressed.

  26. Can I just slap a turbo kit from 2.2D or 2.5G and run ecu map.Higher boost i think need internal mods.Cx9 2.5G internal such as piston and rods might be good candidate for a start.Skyactiv run on MAF.not sure map sensor conversion is necessary though

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