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2011 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R

2011 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R

The Mazda RX-8 is set to run off into the sunset in a year’s time, but for one of Mazda’s most popular models, the inevitable end only means being given a proper swan song before officially saying goodbye.

Before the curtain drops on the RX-8 next summer, Mazda is preparing one final special edition model called the Spirit R. The car will be based on the manual version RX-8 Type RS and the automatic Type E and will be limited to only 1,000 units.

The two model variants of the RX-8 Spirit R will carry distinct styling features, including unique badges, fog lights and rear combination lights decked with black bezels, red painted brake calipers, a piano-black trim for the transmission tunnel, and a choice of three exterior paint finishes: Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

On top of that, each model will have their own features. For the RX-8 Type RS trim, the added goodies include Recaro bucket seats and a special set of 19" bronze alloy wheels. For the RX-8 Type E trim, the changes include a black leather treatment on the interior with contrasting red stitching, a new sports suspension, larger brakes, and a set of 18" alloy in gun metallic finish wrapped in 225/45R18 91W tires.

The special edition RX-8 will drop in dealerships beginning November 24, 2011. So if you’re a fan of the RX-8 and you want to give it the send-off it deserves, here’s your chance to prove it.

UPDATE 05/02/12: Initially limited to only 1,000 units, the growing demand for the RX-8 Spirit has prompted Mazda to extend production of the special edition RX-8, adding another 1,000 models in the pipeline, thereby doubling the total number of this model to 2,000 units. So if you missed out on the first 1K, be happy that you get another shot of getting your very own RX-8 Spirit.

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2010 - 2011 Mazda RX-8

2010 - 2011 Mazda RX-8

First launched in 2003 as a replacement for the rotary powered RX-7, the Mazda RX-8 received a face lift in 2009. Even if the four door sports car was a success from the beginning, the little 13B equipped RX-8 made the most of a refreshed exterior and interior with bolder lines and even more details, it was exactly what the car needed to stay ahead in the sport compact market. Available in three trim levels: Sport, Grand Touring and R3, the new RX-8 offers something for everyone from the entry level rear wheel drive shopper to the hard core enthusiast with prices ranging from $26,495 to $32,660. For 2010, the Mazda RX-8 receives a new front bumper design with a larger grille opening and more pronounced front lip that was actually requested by the racing team, new headlamps, wider front fenders, LED clusters in the back and a redesigned rear bumper with larger exhaust tips.

The inside of the freshened RX-8 benefits from some new trim materials making a sportier cockpit and the tachometer now features a variable red zone that rises as the engine comes up to temperature, just like the V8 powered BMW M3. However instead of an octet of pistons pumping up and down under the hood, there lies 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.

UPDATE 08/22/2011: Mazda is shutting down production of the RX-8 due to lackluster sales and ever tighter global emissions standards. Last year, the company was only able to sell 1,134 units and this year, sales through July have dropped 21%. Production in Hiroshima, Japan ceased in July and US dealers only have 300 units left to sell this year.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mazda RX-8 Grand-Am GT

2010 Mazda RX-8 Grand-Am GT

Although the Mazda RX-8 has passed on and will be replaced in the near future, we still find it to be one of the most interesting vehicles on the road. Sure, it might not be the best to drive, as it takes a whole new approach to get it to go fast, but it looks great and it’s pretty fast as the higher rev range.

Mazda may be killing off the RX-8 due to the motor not meeting the new emissions regulations and the fact that it hasn’t really sold the way the company had hoped, but it’s not gone yet. And Mazda is ensuring that the RX-8 will be remembered as it has presented everyone at SEMA with the RX-8 Grand-Am GT. This version of the Mazda RX-8 has just completed its 2010 racing season and did extremely well, walking away with six out of the 12 races.

Hit the jump for this winning Mazda Grand Am GT RX-8’s specifications.

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2009 Mazda RX8 SP

2009 Mazda RX8 SP

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.

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Circuit Trial

2008 Mazda RX-8 Circuit Trial

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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2009 Mazda RX-8

2009 Mazda RX-8

Launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8 hit the global market with a serious bang. The RX-8 has won more than 50 global awards since its release including 2003 RJC Car of the Year in Japan Australia’s Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year for 2003, 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2004 Singapore Car of the Year, the 2004 U.S. Best Sports Car and UK Car of the Year 2004. It was also named on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 2004, 2005, and 2006. All together, Mazda has sold nearly 167,000 RX-8s around the world.

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Sport Pack

2008 Mazda RX-8 Sport Pack

The revolutionary Mazda RX-8 four-seater, four-door sports coupé is now available with 0% finance and a new optional Sport Pack priced at £350 – offering a customer saving of £1,400. Available for all models, the Sport Pack comprises Eibach lowered sports suspension, unique Bright Silver 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured aerodynamic side skirts, a satin-silver fuel filler cap and dramatic body-side RX-8 graphics.

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary

2007 Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary

To commemorate forty years of Mazda’s rotary engine vehicles sold globally, Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced sales of a limited edition model Mazda RX-8 throughout Japan. The RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary edition is available from today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships.

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Kuro

2007 Mazda RX-8 Kuro

With its spectacular styling and exclusive features, the limited edition Mazda RX-8 Kuro enhances an already multi-award-winning sports car.
The superior handling, performance and comfort of the Mazda RX-8 is renowned, as is the thrilling RENESIS rotary engine that powers it. And now the Mazda RX-8 Kuro raises the bar in terms of sporty sophistication.
Limited to just 500 models, each individually-numbered Mazda RX-8 Kuro bears the real mark of exclusivity.
Like the model on which it is (...)

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2007 Mazda MX-5 ZSport and RX-8 Kuro

2007 Mazda MX-5 ZSport and RX-8 Kuro

Continuing to celebrate its status as ’Britain’s favourite sports car brand’ – delivering one in every five sports cars sold in the UK – Mazda is introducing two ’Special Edition’ models to its established Zoom-Zoom product line-up this spring.

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2009 Mazda RX-8

2009 Mazda RX-8

After almost eight years of production, the highly successful Mazda RX-8 will be reinvented in a completely new model. The original 2+2 doors coupe is expected to come with an all-new skin and refreshed “Zoom-Zoom” design in 2009. The dynamics are guaranteed to be better than ever for an RX model, featuring the latest generation of Mazda’s exotic Wankel rotary engine.

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2006 Mazda RX-8

2006 Mazda RX-8

Zoom…Zoom…Zoom. I have often felt that the people behind that famous phrase were geniuses. After all, it perfectly sums up Mazda’s emphasis on sporty fun, which the company seems to build into every vehicle that they make. This is particularly true of their 2006 Mazda RX8.

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2007 Mazda RX-8

2007 Mazda RX-8

Mazda Motor Corporation has upgraded its four-door, four-seat, rotary engine-equipped RX-8 sports car, which is to be sold at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers throughout Japan. Mazda is commencing sales of the 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission models and accepting orders for the new 6-speed automatic transmission (AT) version from today. The 6-speed AT RX-8 goes on sale in mid-October 2006.

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2006 Mazda RX8 Tokyo Drift

2006 Mazda RX8 Tokyo Drift

Yes there was a girl, yes there was a car, yes she was beautiful, but the car wasn’t bad too, here it is: Neela’s RX8.

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2005 Mazda RX-8

2005 Mazda RX-8

The Mazda RX-8 redefined the sports car segment when it was launched in summer 2003, and it continues to shake up the automotive world’s definition of what a sports car can be. With an exterior suggesting athletic tension, a twin-rotor engine that continues to win accolades from the automotive press and an interior offering comfort and practicality, the 2005 Mazda RX-8 is a new breed of sports car.

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2006 Mazda RX-8 Evolve Special Edition

2006 Mazda RX-8 Evolve Special Edition

Mazda is introducing its first-ever special edition model of the Mazda RX-8 rotary powered four-door sports coupé. Called the ‘Mazda RX-8 Evolve’ the new model is named after the original concept car seen in Detroit in 2000 from which the Mazda RX-8 was developed.

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka

2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka

The RX-8 Shinka Special Edition takes its name from the Japanese word meaning "evolution"or "transformation" and mixes RX-8’s sports car flavor with a touch of luxury. Available with either a six-speed manual or the new six-speed Sport A/T, the RX-8 Shinka Special Edition features an upgraded and uniquely tuned suspension with uprated shock absorbers and urethane-filled cross-member supports for increased performance and ride comfort. In addition to Shinka’s unique leather/Alcantara seating surfaces, Mazda added leather to the handbrake lever, upgraded trim on the doors and center console, and revised the finish on the 18-inch alloy wheel.

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