The Mazda RX-8 was a sports car manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation. It first appeared in 2001 at the International Automobile Exhibition in North America. It is the successor to the RX-7 and, like its predecessors in the Mazda RX-8 range, it is powered by a Wankel engine. The RX-8 began North American sales in the model year 2004. Mazda announced on 23 July 2011, that Mazda RX-8 will not amortized production citing the 2011 model as the last line of production. The RX-8 was withdrawn from the European market in 2010, after the car not to meet emissions. No sales volumes in Europe, along with rising Yen prices, Mazda could not justify the continued sale of the Mazda RX-8 in other markets.
Development of the Mazda RX-8 goes back to as far back as the 1995 Mazda RX-01 concept car, which featured an early iteration of the 13B- MSP engine. Naturally aspirated with side exhaust ports, this engine produced 210 hp (160 kW). As prohibited by Mazda financial condition at the time and the growing interest in the market for the SUV, the RX-01 never saw further development or production. However, held a ” skunkworks project ” engineering team within Mazda 13B- MSP the development of life with MX- 5 Miata chassis, eventually catching the attention of management, which at this time was under strong influence Ford. Development of the 13B- MSP advanced and eventually led to the nickname Renesis car debut with the Mazda RX-8- Evolv concept that began to look to the production Mazda RX-8 with the “freestyle ” rear suicide doors. The style was developed through design competitions in Mazda tradition among its design studios in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
The main designer was Ikuo Maeda, Maeda Matasaburo son. The project receives official approval from management, and eventually the RX- 8 concept car (design / engineering model) was produced and shown in 2001, more like the production version. A ” reference exhibit ” near- production RX-8 was shown shortly thereafter at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, the final approval for production. Production RX-8 resembles this vehicle save for minor trim details, and ” job 1″ began in February 2003 at Mazda Hiroshima plant in Japan.
The first version of the Mazda RX-8, chassis code SE3P and JM1FE was produced from model year 2003, although the U.S. car debut was the model 2004. It is 2654 Wankel engine displacement driven by the 13B- MSP Renesis × 1.3-liter non-turbo. When starting the Renesis was in standard and high performance. The standard 4-port Renesis produces 191 hp and is coupled with a 5-speed manual or 4- speed automatic transmission. The high power density Renesis 6 port was only with a six- speed manual transmission and was at 250 hp (186 kW) rated. For the North American market, Mazda revised, the output power of the standard and high power Renesis reported shortly after the release of 197 hp (147 kW) and 238 hp (177 kW), respectively. With exhaust ports now located in the side housing, the Renesis improved fuel efficiency and emissions boasted 13B- REW rating by the last RX-7 used so that sold in North America.
In 2009, Mazda engineers improved Mazda RX-8 body rigidity through the addition of structural reinforcements, by adding a trapezoidal shock tower strengthening and improvement of the local stiffness in the front suspension tower areas. The rear suspension geometry for better handling and final drive ratio has been revised to switch vehicles shortened from 4.444 to 4.777 for improved off-the-line performance. 8 increased acceleration and performance, and improved responsiveness of the accelerator pedal- While minimal, these performance changes were updated RX. Mazda said that the update (2009-2011) Mazda RX-8 was reduced significantly faster car than the previous car model (2004-2008) due to the lower weight and improved suspension gear. The Renesis engine iteration II, which launched the 2009 model year reportedly included a third oil injection hole on each rotor housing.
As of October 2006, the Mazda RX-8 is less than 37 international awards, including the 2003 International Driving Engine of the Year, the Japanese Car of the Year 2003 Car Wheels Magazine Australia 2003 2004 Singapore Car of the Year won the 2004 Best in the U.S. Sports Car, and several UK Best Car Awards. He was named Magazine list for 2004, 2005 and 2006 in the Car and Driver Ten Best. Also took the first Space in the car and the driver comparison test ” Four of a Kind “. 2010 Mazda RX-8 to 3 Place of 7 on the car and driver best handling car in America for less than $ 100,000.