The Mazda RX-8 is a sports car that was manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda from 2002 to 2012. The RX-8 was a successor of the RX-7, and as for the previous models of the RX family, the RX-8 was also equipped with a rotary wankel engine.
The Mazda RX-8 is a two-door (previously four-door) four-seater coupe that was designed based on the Mazda F platform as a rear-wheel drive with a naturally-aspirated front mid-mounted 1.3L (13B) Renesis (wankel type rotary) engine. This early RX-8 had two possible engine outputs: the 141 KW (192 HP) at 7000 rpm, 220 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm and 170 KW (231 HP) at 8200 rpm, 156 pound-feet of torque at 5500 rpm. These engines were mated with a five and six-speed manual transmission as standard and 4 and six-speed automatic transmission as optional.
The 141 KW engine has a maximum speed of 224 km/h (139 mph) and accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.2 seconds while the 170 KW engine has a maximum speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) and accelerates from 0-10 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.4 seconds
Interior and Exterior
The RX-8’s rear seats are accessed via two hinged rear half-doors that open after opening the front doors. The interior has a low-slung driving position, the dashboard is uniquely styled to give the RX-8 a special feel. The body dimensions came in variations, but the maximum length is 4435mm, width 1770mm, and height 1340mm.
Underneath the RX-8 came with double-wishbone front suspensions and multi-link suspensions at the rear giving the RX-8 excellent road manners, comfortable driving experience, and agile handling.
The Mazda RX-8 comes in several trim levels depending on the market. For Japan, there’s the Type-S, Type-E, Type-RS, Base Model where different trims offer different options when it comes to choosing the type of engine, type of transmission, color, interior and exterior finishing, rims and the likes.
The dash and steering of the Mazda RX-8
2012 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R