Mazda will be releasing the new RX-8 (also known as the R3) in the UK in August of this year. The RX-8 has been designed with an improved rotary engine that allows it to produce a maximum 228bhp. The new features that it has been built with include, a variable rev limit – that allows the car to rev to 9000rpm before it reaches the normal operating temperature, better lubrication, and a knock sensor system.
Mazda says the bodyshell is now stiffer than before, while the suspension has been reworked to improve ride quality and reduce road noise. The car’s shape is basically unchanged, but there have been several modifications to help the aerodynamic performance (specifically reducing lift) and to give the RX-8 a more sporty look.
It will cost Â£24,995, and there are no extras – 19″ alloy wheels, Recaro front seats, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, a Bluetooth mobile phone system and BOSE premium audio are all part of the standard package.