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Mazda Adds New Features to RX-8 in Japan

- Popular options are now standard on all grades for improved comfort and more high quality body colors are available -

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HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has added fresh features to the four-door, four-seat rotary-powered Mazda RX-8 sports car for the Japanese market. The updated models go on sale today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers nationwide.


Mazda RX-8 Type E (with 6-speed automatic transmission)
Mazda RX-8 Type E (with 6-speed automatic transmission)


Standard equipment across the entire RX-8 range has been updated with popular features that provide added comfort and convenience. The updates include rain-sensing windshield wipers and Mazda’s auto-light system (which switches the headlights on automatically according to ambient light conditions). Two additional exterior body colors, silver and gray, reflect the RX-8’s high quality and accentuate its exceptional sports car styling.


Main features of the freshened Mazda RX-8

- Rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-light system, water-repellent coating (on the front door windows and door mirrors) and Mazda’s advanced keyless entry and engine start system now come as standard equipment on all model grades.
- The addition of two new body colors – Aluminum Metallic and Metropolitan Gray Mica – brings the available exterior range to seven colors.
- Revised model grade lineup (base model was renamed Type G).
- Audio-less specification standard for all model grades (to best match each driver’s needs, the space for a head unit in the center panel is left open. The Audio-less spec allows for a variety of audio systems).


Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the Mazda RX-8
(*price of the model in the photo)
Grade Drive Engine Transmission Price (yen)
With tax Without tax
Type G RWD Water-cooled,
in-line 2-rotor
(654cc x 2)
6-speed AT
2,630,000 2,504,762
Type E 6-speed AT
2,970,000* 2,828,572
Type S 6-speed MT 2,930,000 2,790,477
Type RS 6-speed MT 3,180,000 3,028,572
- A separate recycling fee of 12,330 yen is necessary in addition to the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices listed above. If the curtain and front side SRS airbag system is selected as a factory-installed option, the fee is 12,900 yen.
- If the special body color Crystal White Pearl Mica is selected, the price increases by 31,500 yen (including tax).