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.