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2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka Special Edition
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 3:53pm

Mazda started Job1 on the Shinka Special Edition today, for a total production run of 2150 RX-8's. The some of the features of the special edition include the Black Cherry Exterior, special bright finish wheels, and bright-chrome head and tail light fixtures. On the inside, parchment leather seats and more use of piano black accents provide a look and feel of luxury. Looks aren't all that changed on this RX-8, however. Chassis improvements include:

  • Suspension cross member injected with foaming urethane improving performance and ride quality
  • Unique Suspension tuning with thicker 14mm damper shafts (up from 12mm)
Other Equipment includes:
    Interior Design:
  • Seat & Trim Material -- Parchment Leather with soft-back seats (Light Beige)
  • Steering Wheel -- Sewing pattern change (4 pieces -> 2 pieces) & Colored Stitch
  • MT Shift knob -- Colored Stitch
  • Parking brake lever – PVC -> Leather & Colored Stitch
  • Front & Rear Consol Lid -- PVC -> Leather
  • Rotary Bezel -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • Meter Ring -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • Ventilation grille -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • Center panel Ring -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • HVAC Dial -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • Shift-base Ring -- Chrome -> Semi-gloss
  • SW Bezel -- Material color -> Piano black
  • Consol side bar -- Silver -> Piano black
  • Bose 300 Watt, 9 Speaker Sound System with Audio Pilot noise suppression technology 6 Disc CD Changer Satellite Radio receiver with 1 year Sirius subscription (N/A Hawaii & Alaska)
  • Auto Dimming Mirror w/Homelink
  • Xenon Headlamps w/ auto leveling
  • Fog Lamps
  • 8-way Power Driver's Seat w/Lumbar Support
  • Heated Mirrors and Seats
  • Power Sunroof
  • Dynamic Stability Control w/Traction Control
  • Tochigi-fuji torque-sensing limited-slip differential


subject:
Wow a new color..
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 20, 2004 - 2:23am
And that color is a flaming MazdaGay. Who come up with this stupid idea to change the color to nasty purple and beige interior!? Hahaha your make me raff round eye.
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subject:
of course more power/torque
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 11, 2004 - 2:59pm
this is the one thing that EVERYONE has been saying since the car was built, and then Mazda decides "well we better make a luxury...."
hmmm head-in-ass
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subject:
bought this version
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 23, 2004 - 5:57am
hello from Japan.
I've been watching RX-8 as my next car, but as time pass, and as I see more and more RX-8's running around, I started to feel that I want somen' special for my own 8.
Then I read about version (which is called "Sport Prestige Limited"), I decided to get this.
I've already ordered, but my delivery date has not been noticed. Can't wait!
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subject:
Europe?
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 11, 2004 - 11:15am
Is this version gonna be available in Europe? I just love the beige interior...
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subject:
Need more performance, not more luxury
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 9, 2004 - 1:37pm
Some of these change would make for a nice luxury package option to the standard car. However, what we really need is an increase in performance. Something similar to the proposed Mazdaspeed/supercharged version.
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subject:
Crap...
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 9, 2004 - 8:27am
Improve performance if you want to excite us.
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subject:
Yawn
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 9, 2004 - 5:06am
Yawn, has mazda sent the ENGINE-eers on leave and hired the Girlie-Girls? Get the rotor-head engineers back and give us more power/torque please!
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subject:
We dont need an artificially
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 8, 2004 - 5:12pm
We dont need an artificially prettied up RX8 we need more power .
cheers
michael
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subject:
Shinka=Shocking
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 8, 2004 - 6:43pm
Looks like the product of an RX-8 and an 80's Caddy lovefest...

Gomez.
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subject:
Shinka
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 8, 2004 - 7:17pm
Maybe this version of the RX8 was made for the US tv show "Queer eye for the straight guy"

CHEERS
MICHAEL
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subject:
Dunno mate...those guys have
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 8, 2004 - 7:33pm
Dunno mate...those guys have taste...!

Gomez.
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subject:
More power...not pretty colors...
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 9, 2004 - 1:16pm
I agree, more power and torque...not luxuary and colors...
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subject:
Looks pretty good to me
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 16, 2004 - 5:39pm
I dont know about you guys but I like this 8. I'd by this one over the regular 8.
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subject:
Since when is the RX8 not a girls car?
author:
date:
February 21, 2005 - 11:35am
All these comments about the Shinka version being a gay/queer because of color/interior, and the girly engineers etc, are kinda funny considering that everyone knows the Mazada RX8 is a chic sport car to begin with. My girlfriend loves this new Black Cherry special edition RX8, and the interior looks terrific....for girls of course. I'm telling her to get one asap. cheers!
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