Mazda RX8

Mazda RX8

With the current generation Mazda RX-8 going out of production in 2011, the company has already started the work on the new generation sports car. And according to the Japanese magazine Best Car, the new generation RX-8 will take its inspiration from the recently unveiled Shinari Concept .

As previously reported, the next generation RX-8 will feature a new rotary engine that can run on petrol or diesel. It is a two-stroke 16X engine that in its current state develops a total of 300bhp and sprints the car from 0 to 60mph in under five seconds. That is a significant improvement over the current 231 HP and 6.4 seconds time sprint.

Like all the future models in Mazda ’s line-up, the RX-8’s design language will be described by the word Kodo, which is Japanese for soul of motion. Talking about the new design language, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements."

Source: Best Car

As you know, Mazda is about to drop the RX-8 sports car from its lineup. Although sales will end at the end of 2011 for the USA, Europe has already axed the RX-8 due to the sports car not passing the latest European emission regulations. Basically, one of the last chances consumers will have to purchase the Mazda RX-8 will be in the last shipment to come out of the UK with 100 units being available.

The last shipment will contain the RX-8 R3, a version powered by an improved version of the unique 231ps twin-rotor engine. This sportscar will be priced at £25,540 and will make the 0-60mpg sprint in 6.4 seconds.

The interior of the RX-8 R3 features new Recaro sports seats in the front, a new-style steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and cruise control. Consumers will be able to enjoy the ambiance of the vehicle with the use of the new BOSE premium audio system with an eight-channel amplifier, 6-CD autochanger, nine speakers, and an auxiliary (AUX) input jack for connecting an MP3 player.

Press release after the jump.

Remember that just last month Mazda announced that the RX-8 will no longer be available on the European market due its engine not meeting the latest European emission regulations? The same will also happen on the US market, but over here the reason is purely monetary. There are just not enough sales of the Mazda RX8 to substantiate its production any longer. According to Mazda, the company only sold 128 RX-8s in April of 2010, so they have decided to pull the RX-8 from the U.S. market after the 2011 model year.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean Mazda will drop their rotary models. A company insider announced a new model is in the works and will be launched in 2013.

The current RX-8 is powered by a compact 13B twin rotor Renesis engine making 232 HP at a screaming 8,200 RPM and 155 lb-ft of torque. This allows the RX-8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 MPH.

Source: WOT

Mazda announced that the RX-8 sport car will no longer be available in Europe as its engine did not meet the latest European emission regulations. The car’s Wankel engine did not meet the necessary requirements of the EuroV emission regulations that came into force last September, so the Japanese company decided that instead of developing the current engine in the RX-8 at a substantial cost, the current generation will be axed. Consumers will have to "settle" for the BMW Z4 and the Porsche Cayman to ease their pain until Mazda can figure out their engine situation.

For the next Mazda RX-8 the company will have to work with the next EuroVI emission regulations, available starting 2014, getting it right might be a problem for the RX-8 which may lead them to a hydrogen rotary engine version.

The current RX-8 is powered by a compact 13B twin rotor Renesis engine making 232 HP at a screaming 8,200 RPM and 155 lb-ft of torque. This allows the RX-8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 MPH.

Source: Autocar

Six years after its official launch, the Mazda RX-8 is about to receive its first major facelift. With improved aerodynamics, new tail lights and a modernized interior, the new RX-8 will make its world debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

For the interior, the new RX8 receives better quality materials, a modified instrument display, the new three-spoke leather sport steering wheel with red decorative stitching, the standard Recaro sport seats (front) with black cloth leather references, a Bluetooth handsfree for mobile phones, Bose audio system with nine speakers. Safety features will include like ABS, dynamic stability and traction control.

The new RX8 will remain a mid-engine design model with rear wheel drive system, but will drop the 192 hp system. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6,4 seconds and top speed will go up to 234 km/h.

Here at Top Speed we love anything and everything that goes fast, so during our weekend on the Monterey peninsula we had to make a stop at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Once there we were pleasantly surprised when the track staff offered us the opportunity to take a ride around the prestigious racing circuit aboard one of Mazda’s modified safety cars. The lineup of matte black and white pace cars included an RX-8 four door sports coupe, a CX-7 crossover and the all new Mazda 6 .

At first we were a little disappointed not to see a Miata wearing the pace car livery, equipped with the fancy amber light bar and beefier tires allowing the trio of Mazdas to corner like champions and stay ahead of the two wheeled racers. However, after a quick trip in the CX-7 and Mazda 6 Mazda 6 , we were absolutely convinced that the Miata’s fun to drive DNA runs rich throughout the entire automaker’s lineup.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca safety cars: Mazda6, CX-7 and RX-8

When the track marshall told me to get into the CX-7, our thoughts were limited to, “what a bummer, we come all the way to California and we get stuck riding in the cow of the group", boy were we wrong. Inside the crossover everything was stock except for a circuit board to control the flashing lights and a roll bar that gave the bright blue Scroth 4 point racing harnesses a place to secure themselves to while we were strapped in tight to the leather wrapped seat. The only modification to the drive train of the Euro-spec CX-7 were a set of Brembo brakes and a set of plus sized forged TE-37 wheels from Volk Racing wrapped in sticky rubber.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca safety cars: Mazda6, CX-7 and RX-8

Nevertheless, it seems that these basic modifications were enough to turn the CX-7 into a track day special. It was amazing how well the sports inspired crossover handled on the track. We were instantaneously blown away by how fast this little Sport-Utility could lap the circuit, and especially the way that the driver was able to tame the infamous corkscrew. We were surprised to find ourselves on the heels of the other safety cars, the driver was really hammering it. Truning in sharply, pumping the steering wheel like mad, clipping the apexes, pushing the CX-7 to its limit. The car did an amazing job of staying on track. Mazda has truly figured out a way to incorporate their zoom-zoom high performance attitude into even the most unlikely of products.

Check the gallery for more photos and details about each of the cars.

Mazda’s rotary powered rocket, the RX-8 , has been given a few updates by the Japanese automaker in order to keep their sports car current and a bit more user friendly. The four-door, four-passenger sport compact has received rain-sensing windshield wipers, Mazda’s auto-light system and an audio-less option, all standard. However the most striking of the recent upgrades comes in the form of two new color choices for the exterior: Aluminum Metallic and Metropolitan Gray Mica.

Mazda has left the lovable 13B alone; the two-rotor motor still makes 232 HP in manually shifter vehicles. However, we are still awaiting word of a turbocharger.

Press release after the jump.

Mazda is looking for some promotion during the 2009 Targa Tasmania by calling its entry "the only rotary-powered performance car in Australia". This Aussie race is something that we normally wouldn’t cover very heavily, and low-level news like an RX-8 entering the competition would usually only be posted on a very slow day, but then something interesting caught our eye in the press release.

As it turns out this RX-8 will be allowed to compete with a turbocharger. The rotary cars from Mazda haven’t been turbocharged since the RX-7 , which was discontinued in 2002 (1995 in the U.S.)

Mazda didn’t release performance figures on the car it’s calling the RX-8 SP. We’re betting there is a significant increase to the 232 hp and at least a second shaved off the standard car’s 0 to 60 time of six seconds.

Press release after the jump.

The facelift version of the Mazda RX-8 made its world debut last year at the Detroit Auto Show. And since then we haven’t heard much about it. But today we bring you the first real life photo of the car made here in Miami.

The facelifted Mazda RX8 was presented side by side with the SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8, winner of the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona to kick off the 2008 GrandAm season.

Mazda RX-8 facelift real life photos

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 is available as either a 232-hp model fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, or a 212-hp model fitted with a six-speed Sport A/T automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a Formula 1-style driving experience.

The Mazda RX-8 is a hit with those who love high-revving engines, but after five years on the vine, it may be growing a little stale. Now Mazda is doing some heavy breathing on the rotary-power car with the introduction of a special edition RX-8 called the "Circuit Trial" at the Tokyo Auto Salon (January 9 to 11).

The exact specifications of what Mazdaspeed has applied to the RX-8 for the Circuit Trial upgrade was not announced, but we expect modified suspension, brake, and engine components. We do know that it will offer Recaro bucket seats, large diameter tires, new alloy wheels, and a body kit.

The Circuit Trial treatment will also be applied to Atenza (AKA Mazda6 ) and Demio (Mazda2 in Europe, nothing in the U.S. )

There has been no announcement to offer RX-8 Circuit Trial in the U.S., which means Mazda’s fanboys over here are probably figuring out how to get parts (or whole cars) on container ships.

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