The Mazad RX-8 sports car is going out with a bang. Mazda is commemorating the departure of its iconic sports car by introducing a special edition called the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R, which will be the last of the RX lineup.
Due to stricter emissions regulations and dismal sales, Mazda has decided to end the production of its iconic RX sports car. The new Mazda RX-8 Spirit R special edition will be in limited quantity of 1000 units, and it is set to arrive at Japanese dealerships next month.
Besides the similar powertrain that is based on the RX-8 Type RS, the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R special edition will come with a slew of aesthetic upgrades including badging, redesigned headlights and taillights, and red brake calipers. As for the interior, it receives new Recaro bucket seats with “Spirit R” logos and black transmission tunnel trim.
In addition, the RX-8 Spirit R will also feature a tuned suspension, larger brakes, and a new set of 18-inch gun metallic wheels. There will be three exterior colors available: Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica.
Here is farewell from Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, said, “Mazda’s iconic rotary engine recorded its famous victory in the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race 20 years ago. Throughout 2011, we have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of that victory by demonstrating the winning 787B racecar at Le Mans’ Circuit de La Sarthe and various other events around the world. At each one, the screaming rotary engine and the sight of the 787B have enthralled everyone from young children to race fans who witnessed its victory in 1991. These events have been a powerful reminder of the widespread passion for the rotary engine. Although RX-8 production is ending, the rotary engine will always represent the spirit of Mazda and Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development.”