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News from Detroit: Mazda Announces Price of RX-8
Submitted by SuperUser on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 - 9:37am

Base price: $25180. Loaded to the gills, $32000. As we reported on yesterday, Mazda will soon (within the next few days) be taking online custom orders for the RX-8. The morning press conference started out with a Japanese style breakfast, the presentation began with one of the best audio recordings of the RENESIS heard yet. Charlie Hughes came onto stage and introduced the RX-8. This black RX-8 was complete with a a mild body appointments, including a spoiler, and "slits" over the brake vents.
Product Outline of 'Mazda RX-8'



1.
Unprecedented sports car driving pleasure


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Through sharp response, excellent controllability and extended performance limits, the Mazda RX-8 delivers the kind of unique, dynamic performance that directly communicates the feel of a genuine sports car.


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The new generation rotary RENESIS employs side intake and side exhaust ports, and has more intake area, realizing greatly reduced intake flow resistance. The engine's sequential dynamic intake system and drive-by-wire system deliver 247hp with a high power version model. Fuel efficiency and emissions also substantially improved over the previous rotary engine.


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The advanced front midship layout in which the RX-8's engine is mounted 60mm further aft with the dashboard being located 80mm forward than the RX-7, and all-new front/rear suspensions achieved exceptional cornering and stability.


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Engineers devised a suitably rigid underbody frame and cabin reinforcements to give the RX-8 a body that, in terms of rigidity and low weight, surpasses those of comparable sport sedans of the same wheelbase.








2.
Innovative sports car styling: The product of Mazda DNA







The RX-8, with its next-generation sports car dynamism as its basic design concept takes Mazda DNA to a new stage in its evolution from the 'sporty DNA.' The overriding design theme for the exterior was "Athletic Tension," meaning a look that conveys a feeling of expectation or pent-up energy ready to be released. The basic design theme for the interior was "Comfortably Snug" that expresses the very latest in refined sports car taste.







3.

Unique sports car package with space for four adults






The innovative packaging allows the RX-8 to offer values unprecedented in a sports car: The excitement of spirited driving on the one hand, and the pleasure of taking trips with family or friends on the other.



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By optimally locating the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter and related components, it achieved a lower seating position for cabin occupants. Designers concentrated on the front seat backs, achieving a spacious interior space.


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The center-opening freestyle door system allows effortless vehicle entry and exit.



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The deep trunk gives plenty of trunk space for everyday needs, as well as for a trip with a family of four on board.







4.

Mazda's unique craftsmanship evolves to a new level






In addition to achieving precision fit, functional elegance and other attributes of quality finish, Mazda has put particular focus into the area of "Customer Delight." Innovative Mazda ideas have been incorporated into the RX-8: Activematic AT models are equipped with paddle-type shift levers on the steering wheel for easy finger and thumb operation, and the meter cluster features indirect blue illumination.








5.
High-level safety and consideration for the environment







With its specially designed, high rigidity, crashworthy Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System body, RX-8 achieves world-leading safety. This is particularly true of the vehicle's sides, which, in spite of the absence of center pillars, exhibit safety on a par with a regular four-door sedan. The RENESIS engine achieves a vast improvement over previous Mazda rotary engines in terms of fuel economy and exhaust gas emissions.








Major Specifications of Mazda RX-8 (North American version)









Dimensions
Overall length
4,425mm


Overall width

1,770mm


Overall height
1,340mm


Wheelbase

2,700mm


Track (front/rear)
1,500mm/1,505mm


Seating capacity

4
persons


Engine
Type
Rotary
engine, two-rotor, water-cooled



Max.
Horsepower
247HP/8,500rpm
207HP/7,200rpm


Max.
Torque
159lb-ft/5,500rpm

164lb-ft/5,000rpm


Transmission
Type
6MT
4AT



Suspension
Type
(front/rear)
Double-wishbone/Multi-link


Brakes

Type
(front/rear)
Ventilated
disc/Ventilated disc


Tires
& Wheels
Tires
225/45R18
91W

225/55R16
94V


Wheels
18x8JJ
16x7.5JJ








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subject:
awesome!
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Too bad they covered up that beautiful Renesis with a plastic cover.
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subject:
Still no weight
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The officail stats still don't list curb weight.
Why does the automatic produce more torque?
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subject:
pics request
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Could you get a close up pic of the full steering wheel? A close-up of those 'brake gills'? The Stick? Are both (all?) models at the show 6speeds? What are the words on the engine cover under "RENESIS"?
thanks for all the pics!
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subject:
Materials
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
What was the feel of the materials used in the interior?
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subject:
Black RX-8 on stage
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I notice that the black RX-8 on stage has an aftermarket rear spoiler and a chrome gas cap cover assembly. Were you able to get some detailed pics of that car as well and do you know if these will be standard "upgrades" for the RX-8? Also, the press release this morning said "fully loaded for around $30K, but your article states $32K, why the discrepancy? Finally Dan, any word on whether Mazda will be leaking any info on potential future rotary vehicles? Thanks again for the great pics and excellent coverage!
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subject:
blank
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
When is Mazda going to release the final curb weight figures????
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subject:
High quality
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The material is very high quality. Almost BMW feel. .. actually, it is closer to BMW feel than any other maker on the show floor, besides Infiniti.
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subject:
Tomorrow
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I will get to the black one tomorrow. The black one, I am told, will be open to anyone on the show floor to sit in. Wow.
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subject:
interior
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
on the australian spec cars i hope the interior leather inserts are different to the ones shown . a break up of colours eg .red and black inserts as shown in previous phothos is a lot smarter . thanks for the great photoes. when is a con vertible version coming .
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subject:
nut
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Great price figures. Mazda did a nice job on the entry pricing. Guess they had too with a 28k 350Z, and 22k 240hp nissan altima and honda accord on the market for 4 seaters.
Nice moon roof and metal gas tank cap on the black rx8 too. I'm impressed finally which isnt easy. Thanks for the great coverage/pics.
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subject:
MUSIC?!
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Great pictures!

Can you get a copy of that RENESIS recording and rip it to ogg/mp3 and put it on the website? You would be a god.
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subject:
More Observations...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
- Red is a MICA red? Like the CYM? Cool...
- Front belts slide along a rod to get out of rear passengers way? Slick!
- Miata-style little, light AGM battery? I hope?
- Toolkit in the trunk? It's a rotary, why would you need a toolkit? ;-)
- Round covered hole on trim between glove box and console for hiding a screw, or for "accessory socket"?
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror?
- What are buttons on overhead console?
- Up-shift light. Haven't seen that since the FC.
- Tire inflation monitor right above up-shift light?
- I can't remember what car I'm in. Oh, the dash says "Mazda RX-8"! ROTFLMAO! $100 to the first guy that provides a simple hacking tool to reprogram that display!
- Rotor emblem on the freakin' headlight even! Woohoo! (FD had NO rotors anywhere but in the engine :(
- Rear Rotor emblem where fog light would have been will make a great spot for a hidden trailer hitch. =-) (Got to put the dirty track tires somewhere!)

Thanks again for the great shots!

P.S. Please try to get more undercarriage shots. I want to see how hard it will be to get straight pipes fabricated to replace the muffler(s). Got to let that Wankel SING!
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subject:
Front seats?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Pics of the front seats/seating area please!
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subject:
winpish
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The top of the range model should have more chrome on the car eg. on the fuel cap whith a rotary emblem on it .and also on the rear near the exhaust pipes .Dont get me wrong the car looks good if a bit winpish ( it needs more balls ) The sunroof even makes look more so.Looking forward to making out in the car with my wife .thereseems to be plenty of room in the back and lots of privacy
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subject:
Navigation System?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
While building my RX8 I noticed a Navigation System option. Do you have any information on this? What is the display like ie. Audi small and monchrome or Z4 cool and in color
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subject:
Nav
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
With all the options, including NAV, and the GT package, it comes in at $33,100.
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subject:
Moonroof, Stereo
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Dan - can you tell if the moonroof takes up any head room? Is it the flip up / back over the top variety or slide back inside the roof? The touring package includes a Bose system. What is the specs on the base system? Are the pics we are seeing of the interior the base or the Bose? thanks!
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subject:
Doesn't look like it
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Nope, it doesn't look like it. I didn't get a chance to open up the moonroof.
Here is an image of the moon roof with the cover closed. It slides back to reveal the glass.

NB: This comment has been modified by an administrative person on Jan 08, 2003 (11:23 am)
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subject:
Color
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
It is full blazing color.

Here is a small pic of the Nav up on the dash.
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