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Mazdaspeed RX-8 at SEMA
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - 10:45am

LAS VEGAS – A rotary-powered RX-8 sneaks into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in new skin— MAZDASPEED skin. The silver, Japan-specification car crossed the ocean just in time for the aftermarket auto show this week in Las Vegas.

“RX-8 is the ultimate performance car, and with the launch of a new line of MAZDASPEED -branded components, customers can build their own ultimate RX-8,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of marketing and product development of Mazda North American Operations. “We created this MAZDASPEED RX-8 by exploring what is possible using a host of MAZDASPEED dealer-available parts and accessories.”

At first glimpse, there is no doubt this is an RX-8 sports car, but a host of exterior modifications create an even more aggressive—somewhat feline—appearance. In front, an extended air intake and a low-projecting lip spoiler yield improved cooling and optimum lift balance, respectively. Low-slung silhouette side skirts, aerodynamic side view mirrors and carbon-finished B-pillar garnishes cut air resistance and carry the sleek look rearward. An adjustable rear wing and rear under-spoiler create downforce in the tail.

Gun Metallic, 18-inch aluminum wheels cover MAZDASPEED -badged brake calipers fitted with brake pads engineered for high fade resistance. Enhanced shock absorbers ensure ride comfort, and sporty springs drop the ride height 20mm for a lower center of gravity and increased spring rate, together generating cat-like reflexes and handling. Larger-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars reduce body roll, while front and rear strut tower braces increase body rigidity.

Inside the cockpit, a Sport Meterlink System houses oil pressure, oil temperature and water temperature gauges. Carbon-finished inner door handles, door switch panels and rearview mirror cover keep continuity with the aggressive exterior. Highly ergonomic MAZDASPEED sport seats, available in black, red or blue, act in conjunction with special kneepads affixed to the door panels, keeping driver and passenger firmly in place during performance driving.




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subject:
Rx7 engine with Rx8 rotar tips
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 12, 2004 - 2:26am
I heard someone say that one should replace the rotar tips in the rx7 with Rx8 tips. Would this work for reliability?
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subject:
Rx7 engine with RX8 rotar tips?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 12, 2004 - 2:24am
Is it possible to put Rx8 rotar tipes in the Rx7's engine to make it more reliable?
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subject:
hahaha
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 21, 2004 - 10:42pm
What does an rx-8 accelerate to 60 at? Maybe 6 seconds? Please, a WRX could beat that, let alone the new v8's. The new mustang GT will smoke the rx-8 if mazda doesn't charge this beauty.
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subject:
it's gonna be a supercharged
author:
No Rotor
date:
September 9, 2004 - 5:32pm
it's gonna be a supercharged version...don't ask why, i dunno.
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subject:
no side ports on 20B
author:
No Rotor
date:
July 12, 2004 - 7:18pm
Please take this response in a light spirit- I can't help but respond: are your crazy? First, the advances Mazda has made to produce the Renesis are far too precious to even think about them not being applicable to 3 and 4 rotor engines. There will be huge numbers of three and four rotor engines produced in the future (my humble prediction, given recent and upcoming technical advances). Second, that kind of thinking, that the side ports cannot be done on the inside rotors is just defeatist thinking. If Mazda listened to that thinking, they would not have come out with a Renesis, or a 20B, or won the '91 Lemans with 690hp rotary. The simple answer - just space the damned center rotors sufficiently to get ports and passages in there!!!!!!!!!!!
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subject:
ummm...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I certainly hope they gave it some "go" to go alone with that "show."

Anybody have any idea if Mazdaspeed is giving the RX-8 a turbo, or dare i say, a 20B? Or is this just going to be an advertising tool to atract the rice-boy "tuners?" I personally hope not.
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subject:
Re: ummm...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I don't think the 20B could undergo the RENESIS treatment because the inner rotar can't be side ported.

The suspension and brake upgrades sound like they will make this car faster, the article only talks about the way the new panels look, if they are carbon fiber (like the MazdaSpeed hood for the FD3S) they could shave some weight and also help with performance.

But I agree, this car is begging for a turbo.
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subject:
mazdaspeed costs
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
If mazdaspeed parts are priced the same way as the ridicuolous prices like the rx8 accessories then they can keep them .
Anyhow why spend all that money and have your mazdaspeed look like everybodies other mazdaspeed.
MAZDA is better of investing in getting the correct kw figures on their cars instead of window dressing the car.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Notice they said "with mazdaspeed parts", not "mazdaspeed edition."

That's the difference, no official badge.
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subject:
Get Real
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
“RX-8 is the ultimate performance car..."

...yeah right and America won the Battle of Britain. Some realism would help.

C.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
It will run circles around whatever V8 POS you're running!
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subject:
sadf
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
acostaracing already installed a 20b turbo motor in the 8...it was at the SEMA show...but they are not utilizing the renesis..
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subject:
20b?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Quick question, seeing as you raised the topic ..
does the renisis only have ports on the end plates?? not the second section?? i was under the impression that it had ports on both sides of the rotor. what has changed in the renesis from the peripheral exhaust rotaries that makes this not possible?
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