Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) selected Callaway as the engine and system development partner for the MAZDASPEED® Protegé. This project led to Callaway’s production of turbocharger systems for 5,500 Protegés. Callaway still supplies Mazda North American Operations with replacement and maintenance parts.
The MAZDASPEED® Protegé was a sport compact with strong youth market appeal, with distinctive fun-to-drive character and a wealth of serious components, including upgraded clutch, differential and axles, specific Tokico dampers and anti-roll bars, Racing Hart wheels, low restriction exhaust, and a 450-watt audio system. However, the heart and soul of the MAZDASPEED® Protegé was the Callaway-turbocharged, 16-valve 2.0L DOHC engine, producing 170 bhp at 5500 rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.