• May 8th 2006 at 9:40PM
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Mazda Motors UK unveiled Monday a limited edition RX-8 coupe for the U.K. market. Developed jointly with legendary motorsports company Prodrive, the Mazda Rx-8 PZ is an appearance and handling upgrade for the 230 hp RX-8.

According to Mazda, Prodrive was tasked with creating a more involving driving experience, with enhanced ride and handling. Unique PZ features include:
  • 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels
  • Eibach springs, 60 percent stiffer than stock
  • Bilstein gas shocks
  • revised suspension geometry, with ride height reduced 15 mm
  • sport mirrors
  • grill inserts
  • rear spoiler
  • Prodrive and "PZ" badging
While Mazda hasn't released any road test figures for the RX-8 PZ, the cornering shots of the PZ "at speed" (as they say in the motoring press) after the jump show minimal body roll. Only 800 lucky U.K. drivers will get their hands on Prodrive's version of the RX-8, and no exports to other markets are planned. The MSRP for the PZ before taxes is 21,912 (about $40,614). The nicely done, if a little pricey, RX-8 PZ goes on sale July 1.

More pics after the jump...

[Source: Mazda Motors Europe]

While Mazda hasn't released any road test figures for the RX-8 PZ, the above cornering shots of the PZ "at speed" (as they say in the motoring press) show minimal body roll.

Only 800 lucky U.K. drivers will get their hands on Prodrive's version of the RX-8, and no exports to other markets are planned. The MSRP for the PZ before taxes is 21,912 (about $40,614). The nicely done, if a little pricey, RX-8 PZ goes on sale July 1.

[Source: Mazda Motors Europe]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The latest addition of Car & Driver has an outfit with a proto-type, turbo-charged Rx-8. I'm not sure the name of the company, but they're based in Texas, and the kit goes for about $5,000 (U.S.) and another $900 for installation. It pushes the HP to the 390 range, and does 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #16 - The RX8 weighs less than Z.
      From C&D:
      350Z Track Edition curb weight: 3197
      RX8 w/Manual Transmission curb weight: 3029

      My math says that is 168 pounds lighter for the 8.

      People who buy the RX8 do so because they prefer to have a classy, and unique car. NOT the 350Z/G35 that every college freshman has, or worse, a 300 HP econobox that every high school junior has.

      I have been a proud RX8 owner for 2 years now. The worst gas mileage I get is 18. I average about 21mpg. I have BMW, MB, Jag, and even Porsche owners tell me how much thay like my car. I think the worst thing about the car is that there is ALWAYS someone asking me about it. I HIGHLY doubt that is an issue with 350Z/G35, WRX, and Evo owners.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2 - You've got to remember to add 17.5% VAT onto that price giving a final figure of just short of £26000, so around 48,500 USD "on the road". Considering the build quality of the Mazdas I've had as hire cars from work, thats way out of the price league I'd pay. Especially given the uneven power distribution and poor economy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      40k for that? Umm I don't think so.
        • 8 Years Ago
        u act suprised...its only 10 grand more then the fully loaded regular model and with all the upgrades its worth itgood quality aint cheap
      • 9 Years Ago
      Pretty expensive for a set of shocks and a double-helping of rice.

      These dorks might want to consider addressing the engine next time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #12 Yes, the stock suspension is a little on the soft side for hard core enthusiasts. It's a compromise, because I believe most RX8 customers are like myself unable to keep both a daily driver and a track car. A firmer suspension would make the car unliveable on the pothole ridden streets of cities like Boston and New York, and the frost heaved highways of the northern US. Since that and not the track is the typical driving condition for an RX8 owner, as opposed to an Elise owner who is only ever on the street while driving to the track. I'm willing to live with the compromise. That said, after a big brake kit upgrade, a firmer suspension is on planned list of modifications. The 2005 Shinka model had a slightly firmer suspension than the stock 6 speed, and of the few parts Mazdaspeed offers for the car, new springs, or even a coil over set, are available.

      Thinking about it further the WRX and Lancer Evo offer similar performance in the RX8's price range, but I have not had the pleasure of driving them. Can anyone offer a comparison? From the spec sheet there's not much to tell them apart, the Evo has more power, the WRX more torque, but I prefer the coupe body style.

      #13, I just checked, on the US model there is an orange reflector in that location. I guess I'd deleted them in the picture in my mind.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I really would have liked to get an RX8, but the gas mileage turned me off. My 350z is getting 24-25mpg combined city/highway. Never have I gotten under 21mpg in any conditions (even track days) and a lot of times I get over 30mpg. The problem with the RX8 is that it's almost as heavy as a Z with none of the power and ironically none of the efficiency (but much more livable if you need the extra space of course). The lack of power is especially apparent if you use it like they advertise and seat 4 adults and luggage in it.

      The last-gen RX7 got bad gas mileage too, but the turbochargers meant at least it had plenty of power to make up for it. People were willing to sacrifice mpg for power. The RX8 has no power and the same bad gas mileage, which is a big turn-off unless you have so much money you just don't care or you're such a rotary fanatic that it's worth it to you. But most people cross-shopping in this price range, especially with gas prices nowadays, do care. Mazda either needs to increase the gas mileage or increase the power to make the bad gas mileage worth it. Otherwise a lot of people that would have bought one will purchase something else.

      I'd really like to see a supercharged rotary. I've heard it's technically possible with a specially designed supercharger, but nobody has attempted it yet. It would give the RX8 the torque down low that it needs, especially for when it has to fullfill it's promise and carry 4 adults and luggage.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can anyone tell me who the photographer was for those pictures? They have to be the best auto pics I've seen in a long time, it's a shame the RX-8 doesn't do much for me. I'm still wondering why Mazda can seem to do anything with the rotary engine, as far as I know they've never offered a higher hp engine for the RX-8.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #11 - They're not reflectors at all, they're turn signals. In the states the stock lense cover is orange, not clear.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sexy...though I'm not really digging the reflector as a rotary accent in the back. One thing I do kind of with the RX08 had were simpler tail-lights. I think they would look a lot better without the dual airfoils/wings.

      Nah, the RX-8 doesn't even have the gas mileage of a V-8. haha...*sigh* Though I'm only happy there's no power/torque upgrade or else I'd feel really bad.

      The headlamp washers...so envious. Though I wonder if the '06 finally has it where you can operate the moonroof without the engine on (key in the start position).
      • 9 Years Ago
      The RX8 is already a great handling car what it needs is more power and torque. It has the power of a NA 6cy with the gas mileage of an 8cy. The problem with a Rotary is for high HP typically you need FD and as we saw with the last gen RX7 reliability was an issue.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There are quite a few reasons why an RX-8 owner will still pick an RX-8 over the 350Z even after considering the gas mileage issues...


      Some reasons are that the build quality of the Z feels rough/cheap, and driving the 350Z feels like you're steering around a nimble ox. The 350Z shifter (manuals only, for me) feels like crap too. I tried REALLY hard to like the 350Z, but even after a couple more test drives, compared to one more spin in an RX-8, the 350Z just does not handle or feel nearly as good. Then the RX-8 also has a better warranty and a loaner car program, if needed.

      I'll admit off the bat that the the RX-8 mileage is unbelievably terrible for the amount of torque/power its rotary powerplant puts out, but the RX-8 is a blast to drive. The G35/350Z does offer far better power/mileage for money, but when it comes to the driving experience, the RX-8 wins except at a stoplight and at the pump.
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