Mazda RX-8: New Look
Motoring Channel Staff - 11/January/2008
2008 Mazda RX-8
The front end gets the lion's share of the design
updates, while new tail lights modernise the rear
The interior isn't wildly different to the
last model, save for the front bucket seats
Expect the new Mazda RX-8 to arrive
in Australia mid-way through 2008
Detroit, America — Mazda
showed off its face lifted RX-8 at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show
early this week, and the good news is that it's coming to
Australia mid-way through the year.
Since 2003 the Mazda RX-8 has remained unchanged, such was the success of the original design.
hot on the heels of the Nissan 350Z's recent mid-life upgrade, Mazda
has taken the wraps off the 2008 model RX-8 at America's biggest motor show.
back to the Cosmo Sport released in 1967, every sports car ever
developed by Mazda has had the same fundamental mission – to
provide car lovers with a vehicle that’s fun-to-drive, exciting
to look at and easy to own," said Tetsu Nakazawa of Mazda North America.
"The new RX-8 embodies that mission, conveying the unique and distinctive Mazda brand DNA to the fullest," added Nakazawa.
Australia has released new information on the 2008 RX-8
model, some of which will be quicker than the previous versions.
the engine hasn't been changed, keeping the same 1.3-litre rotary
engine with 177kW and 211Nm power and torque outputs, the final drive
ratio in the 6-speed manual models will be tweaked from 4.444 to
range-topping model, to be named the RX-8 'R3' in Australia
(paying homage to the R1 and R2 packages from the third-generation
RX-7) is expected to be slightly lighter than other models which would
also contribute to its increased acceleration.
changed will ensure the RX-8 'R3' model accelerates quicker than
before, completing the zero to 100km/h dash in about 6.0 seconds, down
fromfrom 6.2 secs.
range-topping model will be similar to the Japanese-spec RS shown here,
with larger 19-inch alloy wheels, stiffer Bilstein suspension and
Recaro bucket seats.
with the improved performance and sports seats, the price is likely to
rise from $54,000 to around $60,000 for the R3 model.
Mazda will introduce a new 6-speed automatic in lieu of the old
4-speeder, and power in the de-tuned automatic RX-8 models rises from
141 to 158kW (though torque drops from 220 to 211Nm).
will be three other Mada RX-8 models besides the R3. The entry-level
Sport, the mid-level Touring and the range-topping luxury model in
Grand Touring trim, which will get DVD-based sat nav among other
things. Prices will start at around $50,000.
new look Mazda RX-8 shown here will
includes larger 19-inch alloy wheels with sports tyres, an extended
front spoiler and other niceties such a restyled grille.
well as the nip-and-tucked front end with new headlight clusters, the rear end has a slightly new
design featuring a new look LED brake light cluster and a subtly new
have been reports circulating that the new (non-R3) RX-8 that is being
readied for the Detroit Motor Show will be for American drivers only,
and to a point it's true. It's a left-hand drive model.
spoke to Mazda Australia's PR manager and he confirmed that the
new-look RX-8 will indeed be coming to Australia mid-year in right-hand
The current RX-8 motor is a 1.3-litre twin rotor engine that outputs 177kW
@ 8200rpm, transferring this power to the rear wheels.
We know that the R# model currently being shown in Japan (as the RS model) also gets Recaro seats, a rear
spoiler, and uprated Bilstein suspension for improved handling.
One of the defining features of the Mazda
RX-8 are the suicide or barn-style doors. The rear passenger doors hinge from the rear, making
for easier access to the back seats.
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