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Mazda's official position on the MazdaSpeed RX-8
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 3:40pm

If you haven't heard the buzz yet, Road-&-Track's SPEED Magazine, hitting stores on the 26th, features an article by Editor Sam Mitani on Mazda's project Mazdaspeed RX-8. RotaryNews has known about this car for a while, in fact it was scheduled to be displayed at SevenStock 7, but an agreement with Road-&-Track kept it behind the roll up doors at the event. So, now that the cat is out of the bag, and after speaking to Mazda, this is what we have for you (click through to read on): This is a development project that members of Mazda's R&D team have been working on. Because our engineers also happen to be enthusiasts, they're never completely satisfied and they're always tuning and developing vehicles one step further. This car is not for general sale now or in the future. We're not ready to confirm when - or even whether - a MAZDASPEED version of the RX-8 is coming. We're always looking to improve the power, styling and drivability of our vehicles in each successive generation, and we're certainly looking at ways of adding the MAZDASPEED-DNA to RX-8, but we are not ready to talk in more detail about it. Mazda touched on some details about this particular car, though...

  • It is supercharged. Because of the location of the exhaust ports in the RENESIS rotary engine, it doesn't respond in quite the same way to turbocharging as earlier rotaries. Our team thought they'd experiment with supercharging for this project car.
  • Virtually everything on the car is custom-designed and built, including the bodywork, interior trim, suspension and exhaust. Our R&D team saw this project as an opportunity to take the RX-8 as far as they could, while still maintaining its streetability."
So, there you have it. Look for more rumors, predictions, and lies soon, as we will be covering SEMA, the 1st week of November.

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subject:
MS RX-8
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 5:51pm
Mazda, if you build it, we (the buyers) will come.

The Rx8 is a fantasic car, but everyone is looking for HP. Buil the MS 8. Also, dont forget the loyal Rx8 enthusiasts who already purchased a Rx8..offer all the parts, especially the FI(supercharger) as an aftermarket warrantied option.
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subject:
Supercharged / Turbocharged MS RX8....
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 4:16pm
I am eagerly awaiting for an FI's RX8, backed by Mazda's warranty and service. The concept shown on Speed's magazine has the looks and seems to have some of the punch missing on the current normally aspirated 8. I am just waiting with a check in my hand for Mazda to start benchmarking, prototyping and starting production of this beauty!

C'mon!
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subject:
First come first serve....
author:
date:
October 25, 2004 - 3:41pm
I am eagerly awaiting a turbo/supercharger kit to come out for the 8. There are many of us who enjoy taking our cars to the track and letting them loose. The FI option is so attractive to me and others and I will purchase one in the very near future. It would be great if Mazda came out with a kit (either under warranty or not). I'll probably wait a few months after the first kit comes out to see how it performs....

Later..
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subject:
build it!!
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 3:39pm
and a kit for all of us who already have the car and want this. looks great. cant wait to hear it and drive it. sam mitani is a lucky ba#@$#%. he's just driving along and it passes him?!!? how can i get luck like that?
- zoom44
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subject:
Don't Forget
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 3:35pm
Don't forget about the current owners! Just because you want to make a new version, don't make it so that you leave out current owners. That means offering retrofits, etc.

Remember, we are the ones who catapulted the RX-8's success! We bought it first and are still loving it. Give us more and we'll love it even MORE!
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subject:
show me the power
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 3:32pm
Interested buyer with cash in hand. Please make it mazda!
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subject:
Bring it Mazda, bring it. Tak
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 24, 2004 - 6:05pm
Bring it Mazda, bring it. Take your time but get it right, as in power and reliability.
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subject:
Mazda - Please please please
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 24, 2004 - 4:08pm
Mazda - Please please please make this car!

Mazda needs their performance flagship to be able to compete head on with the likes of the STi and EVO MR. They can't be happy with the RX-8 taking a back seat to others in 0-60 and 1/4 mi times. We all need this car.

The body kit and hood scoop really bring out the beast look for this car! I like it much better than the current Mazdaspeed kit. But performance is key. Needs to be 0-60 in about 5 secs, keep it light weight, and please make it reliable. I'm ready to put my name on the waiting list now!
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subject:
Bring the U.S. a MS RX-8!!!!
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 23, 2004 - 5:35pm
I will be the first in line to purchase a MS RX-8 if they build one similiar to the one in this article. If Mazda Speed could build on its already great handling and make it reliably put down ~285 HP and 200+ ft-lbs of torque and still make it reasonably priced. It would be a definite winner! The car would be flirting with the best out there. It would shut up all those who think they should buy Mitsubishi EVO's and STi's. It would close the gap on incredible performance sedans like the M3 and it would raise the bar for Mazda's performance flagship. Please build it!
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subject:
MS version, swings vote
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 23, 2004 - 3:23pm
I loved driving the RX-8 on multiple test drives, everything about the car just sinks in with me, yet the car displayed in the mag just grabs me so much more then the stock version. It pulls at me instead of intices me. Please Mazda Bring this to your deals, I would buy one in a heart beat.
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subject:
Mazda, please...
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 22, 2004 - 4:02pm
Make sure we can retrofit our existing 8s otherwise you'll probably see a lot of used 8s in dealer lots... not good. :)

And try to hit at least 300 reliable horses with at least 200+ foot lbs of butt pulling torque.

Thank you for your attention. Now pass the word Bern!
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subject:
suggestions
author:
No Rotor
date:
October 25, 2004 - 4:25pm
-FI is a must for mazdaspeed version to compete with other cars.
-The car must be reliable as our first gens of rx-8 had a little problems in the begining. Especially with the flashes.
-A bolt on FI as everyone else said. We made the RX-8 live by buying them. :)
-Keep similar interior, keeping the mazda style. We do not want a evo interior. No offense to evo's.
-keep the cool comfort items like heated seats, steering wheel buttons.
-we need auto climate. Why even take it off the US one.
-gas mileage? It can always help
-price, keep it lower than others in the market. :)
-give an option for 17's not 18's, as some of us want lighter rims for track purposes.
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subject:
I'll second the retrofit. If
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 2, 2004 - 12:14am
I'll second the retrofit. If I can convert my 6 speed into what I see above for a reasonable price, I'd definitely be interested.
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subject:
Its a sedan
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 14, 2004 - 12:30pm
Yeah, we could definitely use a power jump, but id rather see the return of the RX-7, with a three rotor, or single turbo FI renesis. In the end, they are marketing the RX-8 as a "sport sedan"...its time for the rotary to return to a "Balls to the wall sports car". With a power jump (300 RWHP) and the weight loss of a backseat and other niceities, the rotarty would be able to man up and outpace the other japanese sportscars.
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