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Uncompromising pursuit of the ideal

Mazda RX-8 does more than just stand apart from the crowd — it sets an entirely new standard for mature sports driving pleasure. Building on the unique attributes of the compact, lightweight, high-power RENESIS rotary engine, Mazda RX-8 offers a completely original driving experience like no other you’ve ever had. The excitement begins the moment you sit behind the wheel and builds as you take the smooth-revving RENESIS rotary engine through its performance range. Yet that’s only part of the story, because Mazda RX-8 also offers 4-door, 4-seater comfort and convenience with no sacrifice in its genuine sports-car styling and soul- stirring performance. Discover the true meaning of matured driving pleasure as you explore Mazda RX-8’s linear response and sophisticated dynamism. New Mazda RX-8 — the uncom- promising evolution of the leader in practical sports driving.

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RENESIS – the heart of breathtaking driving performance The RENESIS rotary engine: smooth, high-revving power
RENESIS – the heart of breathtaking driving performance
The RENESIS rotary engine: smooth, high-revving power delivering pure driving
excitement right up to the rev counter’s red line. It’s the result of Mazda’s long
history of rotary engine development. As the world’s only mass-manufacturer of
rotary engines, Mazda has innovated a host of performance-enhancing
technologies which reach full fruition with RENESIS, making it the heart of Mazda
RX-8’s uniquely soul-stirring drive. An experience like none you’ve ever had before.
Innovative engineering for enhanced performance
It starts with the side exhaust port system. Locating the exhaust ports in the
engine’s side housing along with the intake ports eliminates intake/exhaust port
timing overlap. And this combines with other refinements such as enlarged intake
and exhaust port area to give you both higher power and improved fuel efficiency.
Powerful, linear response for ultimate driving pleasure
Enjoy instant, powerful response under any driving circumstances thanks to a
torque curve that is extremely flat across the engine’s entire speed range. The
secret is the Sequential Dynamic Air Intake System (S-DAIS) that continuously
optimizes charging efficiency according to engine speed. Together with the
lightweight rotors and flywheel, electronic throttle and a host of other engineering
advances, this lets RENESIS bring you the sports performance you want along
with the instant response only a naturally-aspirated engine can deliver.
And to assure the lubrication performance hardcore sports driving demands, the
previous metering oil pump is replaced by an electromagnetic type pump to
improve oil feed precision and lubrication of the gas seals. In addition, oil pan
volume is increased and the pan’s internal structure is optimized to minimize the
drop in oil pressure during fast cornering.
The legend continues
S-DAIS
Electric metering oil pump system
Intake air
Variable fresh-air duct
Intake air
Air cleaner
Electronic throttle valve
Side and centre
oil supply volumes
independently
controlled
Variable intake valve
Secondary
shutter valve
Secondary port
Auxiliary port
Auxiliary port valve
Primary port
Oil supplied in liquid form
Exhaust port
Intake air flow
Exhaust flow
Rotor housing
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Sports drivetrain engineered for sports driving Mazda RX-8 responds to your every wish, almost before
Sports drivetrain engineered for sports driving
Mazda RX-8 responds to your every wish, almost before you think of it. And key to this
exhilarating response is a drivetrain layout with near-perfect 50:50 front/rear weight
distribution and a low centre of gravity, achieved by mounting the RENESIS engine
low, behind the front axle in an advanced front midship configuration. Placing all the
weight between the wheels results in superior cornering with extremely sensitive,
linear response to driver inputs. In addition, the open-section Power Plant Frame
(PPF) locks the entire powertrain, from the engine to the differential, into a single,
ultra-rigid unit that sharpens acceleration response.
6-speed Activematic transmission featuring a newly-developed Direct Mode. This
allows you to shift down using the steering wheel-mounted switches when driving in
the “D” range, and instantaneously selects the right gear to match the driving
conditions. Typical scenarios include using the engine to brake when entering a corner
or running downhill, or changing down to accelerate when overtaking. Normal “D”
range automatic transmission resumes as soon as the particular driving scenario has
ended. What’s more, Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) gives optimum shift selection
matched to driving conditions such as cornering to deliver dynamic, linear response
perfectly in line with your intentions.
*Transmission availability varies by market
Positive, fast-shifting transmissions
You enjoy a choice of 5- or 6-speed manual or 6-speed Activematic transmissions* to
suit your driving style. For those who want to fully enjoy direct control of the RENESIS
engine, the new 6-speed manual transmission features upgraded synchronizers with
carbon triple cone synchronizers for 1st to 4th gears and larger synchronizers for 3rd
and 4th gears, resulting in a lighter, more positive and more enjoyable shift feel. And
for those who like the convenience of automatic, there’s electronically-controlled
6-speed manual transmission
6-speed Activematic transmission
Activematic shift switches with Direct Mode
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The pure pleasure of complete control Smooth ride, assured handling Take the wheel of Mazda
The pure pleasure of complete control
Smooth ride, assured handling
Take the wheel of Mazda RX-8 and you take control of a genuine sports machine that
also delivers a superbly refined ride. The essential element is Mazda RX-8’s enhanced
body rigidity. At the front, a trapezoid bar links the suspension strut towers with the
dash cowl panel*, while the towers themselves are made of thicker sheet steel. The
result is a dramatic increase in torsional rigidity which further enhances Mazda RX-8’s
superbly reassuring, linear steering.
*Models with Activematic transmission feature a straight strut tower bar
Ultra-rigid body structure
Suspension features a race-proven double wishbone layout at the front and a multi-link
configuration at the rear, with dampers, bushes and stabilizers tuned to deliver a
beautifully-balanced blend of exciting handling and ride quality. The rear suspension is
also optimized for superior stability when braking. Enhanced aerodynamics further add
to ride stability. The corner sections of the front bumper and the rear combination
lamps are shape-optimized for smoother airflow, and reduced underfloor air resistance
contributes to the exceptionally low drag coefficient of just 0.29*. Finally, direct-drive
electric power steering provides positive, linear handling at all vehicle speeds, and
all-wheel ventilated disc brakes give sure, fade-resistant stopping power.
Ventilated disc brake
*European-specification models
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A dramatic fusion of design and performance Form driven by function New Mazda RX-8 takes
A dramatic fusion of design and performance
Form driven by function
New Mazda RX-8 takes the original model’s design theme of athletic tension and
refines it according to the principle of sophisticated dynamism driven by function.
The results are both functional and sporty, with improved aerodynamics and engine
cooling, newly-designed headlamps, fender side turn lamps and LED rear
combination lamps.
Designed to delight
The comfortably snug interior is remade with more dynamic forms and an enhanced
feel of quality. The centre stack broadens towards the top to give a thrusting sense of
movement. The sporty blackout-type 3-meter cluster features a unique variable red
zone in the tachometer that moves according to engine conditions, helping to prevent
over-revving when engine temperature is low. The leather material used for the
steering wheel cover is selected to give a higher tactile quality with an optimized,
reassuring feeling of grip. The seats are monotone leather for a more mature cabin
ambience, and the audio system receives Action Illumination to offer both visual
confirmation of operation and a greater sense of delight.
Fender side turn lamp
18-inch aluminium wheel
with rotor motif
Tachometer with variable red zone
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Sports styling, superior comfort Exceptional appointments Mazda RX-8 was the introduction of a radical new
Sports styling, superior comfort
Exceptional appointments
Mazda RX-8 was the introduction of a radical new concept: a pure sports machine
design with four doors and comfortable seating for four adults. On top of that, the
unique freestyle door system with pillarless design and rear-hinged rear doors opens
up a huge space for easier entry and exit, especially to the rear seats. And to make
access to the rear seats even more convenient, the front seats have one-touch forward
tilt and slide. The driver’s seat is equipped with 8-way power adjust and a 3-position
memory function, and both front seats are redesigned to provide better support during
hard driving as well as make the rear seating area feel more spacious.
Power driver’s seat memory switches
Thoughtful storage spaces throughout the cabin keep items neatly out of the way but
conveniently close to hand, while the large, deep boot offers plenty of space for a
couple of golf bags or luggage for four for a short holiday. Top quality in-car entertain-
ment is assured by the Bose ® premium sound system with nine speakers. Its Center-
point TM signal-processing circuitry offers an excellent surround-sound effect, while the
AudioPilot TM function continuously adjusts the music to compensate for background noise.
And a handy AUX in jack in the floor console gives single-cable connection of portable
audio equipment allowing you to take your music collection with you on the road.
Bose ® premium sound system with nine speakers
Breathtaking driving meets comfort for four
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Active control for active safety Effect of the DSC system Without DSC (understeer caused by
Active control for active safety
Effect of the DSC system
Without DSC
(understeer caused by
front wheels skidding)
With DSC
Without DSC
(oversteer caused by
rear wheels skidding)
Mazda RX-8 is equipped with a wide range of active safety technologies to maintain
control and help you avoid hazards. It starts with superior all-round visibility to keep
you fully in the picture. Then there’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to minimize the
risk of skids or spinning during emergency hazard-avoidance manoeuvres or when
cornering on slippery surfaces. A 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (4W-ABS) prevents
the high-performance all-wheel disc brakes locking up when braking hard, while
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) minimizes stopping distances by allocating
brake force to the wheels according to weight distribution within the car. And
discharge headlamps and fog lamps brilliantly illuminate the road ahead.
Passive safety for protection in depth
Passive safety begins with the Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption
System featuring a triple-H structure to maintain a rigid safety cage around the
passenger compartment. In addition, front and rear crushable zones and high-tensile
steel virtual centre pillars built into the rear doors further protect against intrusions
into the cabin in the event of an accident. Dual front, side and curtain airbags provide
another layer of protection, while ISOFIX anchors allow easy installation of a child
seat. And to protect pedestrians, the Shock Cone Aluminium Bonnet is engineered to
absorb energy in a vehicle-pedestrian accident.
High performance safety for
high performance driving
Shock Cone Aluminium Bonnet
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Exterior and interior colours

Aurora Blue Mica (34J) Diamond Grey Metallic (38E) Velocity Red Mica (27A) Sunlight Silver Metallic
Aurora Blue Mica (34J)
Diamond Grey Metallic (38E)
Velocity Red Mica (27A)
Sunlight Silver Metallic (22V)

Sparkling Black Mica (35N)

The Extra Qualities of Zoom-Zoom

Sparkling Black Mica (35N) The Extra Qualities of Zoom-Zoom Crystal White Pearl Mica (34K) Galaxy Grey

Crystal White Pearl Mica (34K)

Extra Qualities of Zoom-Zoom Crystal White Pearl Mica (34K) Galaxy Grey Mica (32S) Brilliant Black (A3F)

Galaxy Grey Mica (32S)

Crystal White Pearl Mica (34K) Galaxy Grey Mica (32S) Brilliant Black (A3F)   Leather (Black) Leather

Brilliant Black (A3F) 

Leather (Black)
Leather (Black)
Leather (Beige)
Leather (Beige)
Leather (Red)
Leather (Red)

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There’s more to Mazda cars than “fun to drive”. Every Mazda vehicle is designed and built to bring you the highest levels of quality and safety, as well as industry-leading care for the environment. Into the future, Mazda will continue making every effort to carry on the evolution of Zoom-Zoom by harmonizing driving pleasure with cutting-edge safety and environmental technologies. It’s all part of what makes Mazda cars totally unique.

It’s all part of what makes Mazda cars totally unique. The total approach to safety All

The total approach to safety

All Mazda vehicles offer you sparkling performance, predictable responsive handling, and sure linear braking. This not only makes them a pleasure to drive, it’s also a vital part of the Mazda approach to safety. Because while you’re in full control, you can simply avoid hazardous situations altogether. And to help you stay in confident control in virtually any situation, Mazda vehicles offer a host of advanced active safety features. Notable are Mazda’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies. HMI supports accurate recognition and assessment of hazards along with improved vehicle dynamics to minimize the risk of collisions. Mazda safety: designed into the car from the very beginning and engineered to keep you in total control.

Friends with the earth

Mazda is dedicated to building cars that are both fun to drive and kind to the environment. We reduced the energy required to build a car through adopting

energy-saving technologies such as high frequency electric induction furnaces and switching over to liquified natural gas (LNG), reducing CO2 emissions by 24.2% compared to fiscal year 1990. We introduced our unique Three Layer Wet Paint System featuring water-based painting technology to all our factories. In combination with Mazda’s e-coating base paint process, this reduces emissions of both CO2 and volatile organic compounds (VOC). We also co-developed the world’s first plant-derived plastics (bioplastics) suitable for injection moulding for automotive interior parts. Our RX-8 Hydrogen RE runs on hydrogen and has only water as its exhaust making this rotary engine a leading candidate for the environment-friendly engine of the future. As for recycling of manufacturing byproducts and waste, Mazda has achieved an outstanding recycling ratio of

99.7%.

To find out more, visit us at www.mazda.com/csr/

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