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New Mazda RX-8: Evolution of the Rotary Revolution - (Australia)

July 2nd, 2008
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The Mazda RX-8, the world's most successful rotary-powered sports car, has evolved, bringing a heightened blend of real-world performance, visual appeal and 2+2 practicality to the Australian sports car market.

  • New Mazda RX-8 evolves the revolutionary original, launched July 2003
  • RX-8 is the only mass production car with a rotary engine
  • RX-8 is the only sports car with rear-hinged rear doors
  • Mazda RX-8 has no direct four-seat sports coupe competitor
  • Almost 5,400 Mazda RX-8s have been sold in Australia since 2003
  • Worldwide sales of the RX-8 topped 170,000 in April 2008
  • Mazda has produced 1,981,283 rotary engines from the first in 1967 to March 2008

Positioning

  • Sharper exterior styling heightens RX-8's visual appeal
  • Interior changes improve useability and refinement
  • Engine modified to bolster low- to mid-range response and high-end thrills
  • Suspension modifications hone RX-8's impressive handling and balance
  • New Mazda RX-8 is available in three models: RX-8, RX-8 Luxury and RX-8 GT
  • RX-8 $49,720, RX-8 Luxury $55,520 (6AT + $1,645), RX-8 GT $57,625
  • GT handling upgrades and interior make it the driver's choice
  • Luxury model adds sunroof, Bose® sound system, leather trim and more
  • Luxury's premium sound system jointly developed by Mazda and Bose®

Mechanical

  • Major engine modifications improve low-end pulling power and smoothness
  • RENESIS 1.308-litre rotary engine produces:
    • 170 kW @ 8,200 rpm with 6-speed manual (unchanged)
    • 158 kW @ 7,500 rpm with 6-speed Activematic (up 17 kW)
    • 211 Nm @ 5,500 rpm on both versions (4AT was 220Nm @ 5,000rpm)
  • Six-speed manual adopted from MX-5 is standard on all models
    • Unique 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 ratios better suit engine characteristics
    • Final drive shorter, now 4.777:1 (up from 4.444:1)
  • New 6-speed Aisin Activematic is optional on Luxury
  • Suspension revisions sharpen RX-8's reflexes and deliver more compliant ride
  • External dimensions, interior space and comfort essentially unchanged
  • More aerodynamic: Coefficient of drag now 0.30 (was 0.31)
  • Fuel tank increases 4 litres to 65 litres for greater touring range

2008 RX-8 Pricing:

Model

Price

RX-8

$49,720

RX-8 Luxury

$55,520

RX-8 GT

$57,625

6-sp Activematic (Luxury only)

$ 1,645


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