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New Mazda RX-8 Design at 2001 Tokyo Autoshow
Submitted by SuperUser on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 12:00am

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The Mazda RX-8, powered by a new-generation rotary engine, is an unprecedented four-door sports car designed to achieve outstanding performance, while providing ample interior space for four adults. It is now at the final stage of development for mass production, and this year [Mazda] is proud to show the final design of its exterior and interior.



Mazda sports car development has always been about pure joy behind the wheel. With the RX-8, our engineers set out to deliver the essence of a genuine sports car while reconciling three contradictory imperatives: strikingly original sports car styling; a superior blend of sports handling and performance, ride comfort and practicality for four adults.



One of the key factors in achieving these goals was RENESIS,** the next-generation rotary engine with smaller size and enhanced performance, thanks to a new side-intake, side-exhaust layout. It delivers a high maximum output of 184kW (250PS) and maximum torque of 220Nm (22.4kg-m) (target figures) even with natural aspiration, while achieving improved fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.
**RENESIS: "RE (Rotary Engine) GENESIS."



Courtesy of the compact RENESIS powerplant, the RX-8 features a further refined front-midship layout as well as a freestyle, four door configuration without a center pillar, this enables a comfortable interior with space for four adults, belying the attractive sports car styling. The 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and a low yaw-inertia moment give the RX-8 outstanding handling. With superior practicality, the RX-8 will meet the expectation of a wider range of customers worldwide.


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