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Japanese Mag Renders - 2009 RX-8
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, December 24, 2007 - 10:00am

Based off some of the spy shots, and combining themes from newly release models, a Japanese magazine predicts the new face of the RX-8. Five years after it was introduced, the RX-8 will go through a major-minor change (similar to the 1999 RX-7, or 1989 RX-7). Mazda is very tight lipped about the inclusion of the 16-X in the RX-8. Knowing how long they have been working on the long-stroke, (5+ years) it is a (Edit: very very slight) possibility that the larger rotary will make it into the new RX-8.

Mazda staff in Europe are a little looser lipped than their coworkers in California and Japan, they have stated there is a larger push than ever to have the RX-7 return to the Mazda line-up, the fate of the 4-door RX-8 is unclear. They may be room in the Mazda line for both a 2-door and 4-door sports car, but sales figures will ultimately determine the cars' fates.

If you have questions on the upcoming RX-8 refresh, or other things shown at NAIAS, please Add a new comment to that story!

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16x not in the RX-8
December 27, 2007 - 11:16pm
The more I hear from internal Mazda sources, the less confident I am that the 16x will make it into the updated RX-8. There are false rumors that Mazda has been testing the 16x in the US, in Las Vegas none the less. From what I can gather, it simply is not true... Nor are the rumors about heat problems in the new engine.

FYI, there was one posting on the forum that said they were testing in Las Vegas, NV in the last week, and the car over heated. I seriously doubt it, since we haven't hit 60F in over 2 weeks.
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Japanese magazine
December 25, 2007 - 11:13am
While I don't read japanese, I see SCOOP and BIG on the cover.

I will be watching the Detroit Auto Show with interest.

They have a winner, Right Now, in the RX-8 Four seater sports car.

The comfort of the RX-8 would be greatly missed ,at least by me ,if the only choice was a 2 seater as in RX-7. Long live the RX-8.
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japanese is not good either b
December 28, 2007 - 3:59am
japanese is not good either but in that section I think it says.........??

"Scoop Nissan 2lt FR (Front engine Rear drive) super & RX-8 big engine"

Dont quote me, I'm not even 50% sure here....

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japanese is not good either
December 30, 2007 - 9:35am
I don't feel at all that there is any lacking power in the RX-8 ,so I won't be disappointed if this new 16X engine isn't in there.

A big part of the fun of driving the RX-8 is "rowing the pedels" and
if the car were much faster I'd be looking at a stack of speeding tickets that I could do without.

I sometimes take the beautifully balanced and engineered RX-8 for granted till I drive another brand and realize the big differences.

I think your japanese is still better than mine.
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questions to mazda
December 24, 2007 - 2:53pm
#1 Why are rotary vehicles more expensive than most cars with similar horse power if not more power?

This (to me) is the problem with the rx8.
Yes it was definitely a break through in technology and combustion efficiency, but its bang for buck that I want.

If Mazda wants to sell more units, they need to sell a cheap one like the 79-85 Rx7. A low 20k price would sell like hot cakes.

I was too young to buy an rx7 when it was in production and would like to be able to afford one, when and if it comes back to the U.S.

#2 Why doesn't mazda provide upgrades or crate motors, so that the rest of us can keep up with the Jones or perhaps be green to contribute to saving the environment?
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