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Hollywood Welcomes RX-8 in Next X-Men Movie
Submitted by SuperUser on Friday, January 3, 2003 - 5:39pm


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MAZDA ROTARY POWER HITS HOLLYWOOD, FORMS CARS INTO SUPERHEROES
- Tinsel Town Welcomes RX-8 in Next X-Men Movie -

LOS ANGELES - Just a stone's throw from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the back lots of Twentieth Century Fox, a new movie superhero lurks in the shadows of the Los Angeles Convention Center. There's no cape and no maskļæ½just four wheels, a rotary-powered engine and a ton of Mazda muscle.

When X2, the next X-Men film, hits movie theaters in May, audiences will catch their first glimpse of the Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car on the big screen alongside Hugh Jackman and Oscar-winner Halle Berry. However, the vehicle gets its own in-person premiere this week at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

In true superhero fashion, the aggressively styled Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car, based on the production model 2004 Mazda RX-8, possesses its own unique super power-in this case, a Renesis 13B water-cooled engine. In addition, its dominant presence is accentuated by an impenetrable Mutant Blue exterior which includes an X-shaped grille, a fierce rear spoiler and an enlarged trademark "X" on the vehicle's nameplate.

On the inside, the Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car is trimmed in imposing silver and black shades, including the door trim, seats and steering wheel. A communication device is prominently displayed on the upper center console.

X2 director Brian Singer worked closely with Mazda on the RX-8 X-Men Car in a unique collaboration to bring the Mazda RX-8, the company's brand icon, to the big screen with a starring role in the film. Singer revised the movie's original script to accommodate the vehicle.

Mazda Motor Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox teamed on the production and are working together to develop promotions to support the film's release.

X-MEN HEROES RETURN TO BIG SCREEN IN HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP MOVIE

-X2 Scheduled for May Release-

LOS ANGELES - With futuristic gadgetry and the latest in movie special effects, along with big-budget sets, amazing costumes, a cast of Hollywood notables and one heck of a car, X2, the follow-up to the highly popular 2000 motion picture X-Men, is bound for box-office success.


Twentieth Century Fox's X2, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects) and scheduled to be released on May 2, features an all-star cast, including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.


The movie continues the saga of the characters made famous in the X-Men comics. In the 2003 follow-up, the X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.


X2 also brings the soon-to-be-released Mazda RX-8 sports car to the big screen as the character Cyclops' Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car. It has been painted in Mutant Blue and features aggressive styling, a space-age interior and its trademark rotary engine.




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subject:
And NO...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
No, the RX-8 didn't make any of that smoke!!

They were running and revving the car before the press conference, but it ran out of gas. The fire marshall only allows the cars to have a gallon of gas (or so)
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subject:
XCar Comments
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Some of my personal comments from today:

The RX-8 is a really good looking car. I may be bias, but I did a quick mental check, and I found myself really liking the lines.

The car they showed today was not a hack job. It was a pre-production RX-8, complete with the renesis, doors, folding center section of the trunk, gauges, radio, and gas filler, and trunk.

The directors touches to the car make it look quite mean. From how the wing angles up, to the silver inserts, to the stance.

I took a good look under the hood. The plastic peice that goes over everything is very very easy to pop off. In fact, it has to come off to fill the oil.

The spark plugs are very hard to reach from the top because of the ABS unit on the inside wall of the fender. The oil filter is fairly far back, but looked like it was easier to change than the 3rd gen FD3s RX-7's.

The air box, battery, and fuse box are very easy to reach, Looks like there could be a quick and easy way to replace the air box with an aftermarket unit.

The seats are very easy to get in and out of. the back seats do offer a fair amount of space for a 6ft american male.

more in a while
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subject:
sweet looking car
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
that car looks sweet, also the interior is tyte
the exterior is sweet, in blue it looks better then yellow n red.
the car should run 0-60 in like 5.5-6.0
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subject:
Some Observations
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
From the pictures:
- Cup Holders, front and REAR! Real ones!
- Sabre-handled parking brake is cool.
- Work needed: Left front door wiring tube clearly popped off the chassis in the picture of the vents. If it does that on the road the car will fill with water...
- Yuk: indentations in metal on gauge surrounds.
- How are the front seatbelts kept out of the way when the rear door is open?
- TWIN oil coolers in front ducts. Same poor ventilation design as the FD?
- Stupid plastic covers equate to a second "hood" to make it pretty for showrooms. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
- Notches in plastic cover for a strut brace? I think YES!
- Bench-bleed screw on master brake cylinder. Hooray!
- Puke "Altezza" rice-boy head- and tail-lights. Grrr.
- Yuk: Fuel-cap-on-a-rope = worn paint where it hangs...
- Rear low-mount "fog light" would be cool, but don't think it made production.

When do I get one?!?
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subject:
Reply
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
------ How are the front seatbelts kept out of the way when the rear door is open?

On this pre-production model, there is a slider the seat belt is run on.

------ TWIN oil coolers in front ducts. Same poor ventilation design as the FD?

The FD can cool just fine, but with twin turbos, it is a little hard to keep everything cool! Besides, they fixed most of those problems with the Japanese RX-7's after 1997.

------- Stupid plastic covers equate to a second "hood" to make it pretty for showrooms. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Every auto company has done this. Good news, it comes off very easily.

------- Notches in plastic cover for a strut brace? I think YES!

Yes.


-------- Bench-bleed screw on master brake cylinder. Hooray!

Good eye!

------- Puke "Altezza" rice-boy head- and tail-lights. Grrr.

They are atleast well done, and have the round-rotary specific tail lights

--------- Yuk: Fuel-cap-on-a-rope = worn paint where it hangs...

Not really, my girl's PT has one of these, and as long as you don't have it dangling acoss the paint for long, it won't ware the paint.

- Rear low-mount "fog light" would be cool, but don't think it made production.

Not in the US, I think. too bad, it looked wicked.
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subject:
none
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Any plans for a moonroof?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
This shade of blue (exterior) is beautiful, and the gray leather inserts are classy. Please let us choose this color combo for our Rx-8s.

Brian
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subject:
Thanks!
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Thanks for addressing my questions. You do a great job!
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