Today will be a very happy day for Mazda RX-8 fans as the Japanese manufacturer decided to extend the production of the RX-8 Spirit R by 1,000 units. For those who don’t know, the RX-8 Spirit R is the final special edition model and it was launch back in November 2011.
Apparently, the reason to build more RX-8 Spirit R models is that Mazda received way too many orders from customers of all ages including sports car fans and rotary engine enthusiasts.
According to Mazda, the model fitted with the 6-speed manual transmission is the most popular as 66% of the orders are placed for that model. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit-R is fitted with aero parts and Bilstein dampers as well as Recaro bucket seats and 19-inch bronze-painted forged aluminum wheels.
The RX-8 Spirit R is available in three body colors: Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica. If you didn’t know, Mazda launched the RX-8 in April 2003 and by the end of March 2012 it sold 192, 094 units. The RX-8 production will end in June 2012. If you are not yet convinced to buy an RX-8 Spirit R, you should take a look at its list of features.
According to Mazda, the RX-8 Spirit R is offered with: exclusive ornament; front headlights, front fog lights and rear combination lights (with black bezels); front and rear brake calipers (red); large brake rotors; transmission tunnel trim (piano-black); curtain front side SRS airbag system; Driving Stability Control and Traction Control System; leather-wrapped steering wheel (black with red stitching); leather-wrapped parking brake lever (with red stitching); center console box with front seat armrest (synthetic leather with red stitching); rear console box with a lid (with synthetic leather); bucket seats from Recaro (red and black leather* and fabric); hard suspension (with Bilstein dampers); 225/40R19 89W tires and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels (bronze); aero parts; aluminum pedal set; leather-wrapped shift knob (black with red stitching); black leather seats (with red stitching) and 8-way power seat with memory function; heated front seats.
Mazda RX-8’s sporty, sculpted exterior is an original design unmatched in today’s market. The new enhanced designs refresh the RX-8’s style with a new appearance while not taking anything away from its fundamentals.
New to the RX-8 are redesigned bumpers, front and back, and front fascia; athletic, premium finished front and rear headlights; and a larger exhaust with 90-mm diameter pipes. Its new five-spoke wheels are designed with a sporty symbol much like a rotary engine has different configurations based on the wheel’s size.
Mazda RX-8’s strong athletic lines gives it a look of freedom like a sportsman in motion. With the unmistakeable Zoom-Zoom lines of Mazda, it still is classically proportioned like a sports car with sculpted style.
The signature RX-8 freestyle four-door set-up proves that a true sports car does not have to give up on room or efficiency to perform. The advanced rear-hinged engineering of the rear doors allows for a larger opening so adult passengers can enter and get out of the car easily. This is also helpful if you have to secure a baby or small child into the back seat. The roomy rear seating area provides plenty of room for four full-sized adults and enough room in the trunk for luggage to go away for a weekend. This sporty Mazda is definitely versatile.
This Mazda’s exterior expresses a true sports car shape, and the interior features a cabin that is comfortably and cleverly designed. Small touches were added to enhance the unassuming and practical interior design to support driving enjoyment. The centre IP was reshaped for dynamic motion, and the tachometer has an added variable red-zone that rises as the engine reaches operating temperature. Other additions include a new steering wheel and newly designed front and rear seats.