• Sep 26th 2006 at 4:37PM
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Mazda UK has revealed its third special-edition RX-8. Dubbed "Nemesis," it follows in the footsteps of the RX-8 Evolve (translated) and the Prodrive-tuned RX-8 PZ.

Unlike the cars that preceded it, which used the 231 PS RX-8 as a starting point, Nemesis is based on the 192 PS car. Only 350 will be available -- 200 in Copper Red and the remaining 150 in a Stormy Blue finish. In addition to the two Nemesis-specific paint colors, the Rotary crest in the air dam and the vents in the front wheel arches get a polished aluminum finish. Exclusive badging and a Rotary logo on the B-pillar complete the exterior detail enhancements.

Open the door and you'll find aluminum scuff plates, stone leather seating, and Nemesis-embroidered floormats. Those are in addition to the RX-8's standard equipment list, which includes niceties like Bose audio, headed seats, foglights, and climate control.

On-the-road pricing is £22,995, which also gets the customer a free Prodrive experience day.

(More pictures, press release after the jump)

[Source: Mazda Europe]


Mazda is introducing a third special edition model of its Mazda RX-8 rotary powered four‑door sports coupé. Called the 'Mazda RX-8 Nemesis' the latest model builds on the success of the earlier Mazda RX-8 Evolve and Mazda RX-8 PZ. The 'Nemesis' features unique paint colours and interior trim, plus an exclusive accessory package, all at the extremely attractive price of £22,995 (on-the-road), £330 less than the model on which it is based – when similarly specified.

Taking the standard 192ps version of Mazda RX-8 with leather and a five-speed transmission as its foundation, the Nemesis has several unique exterior and interior features. A choice of two exclusive colours (Copper Red Mica and Stormy Blue Mica) is offered, and each Nemesis comes with a polished aluminium Rotary crest on the front air dam, polished aluminium side air-outlet trims behind the front wheel arches, special B-pillar trims with a Rotary crest and 'Nemesis' badging.

Inside, these special edition models feature unique stone leather seat trim, plus Nemesis branded luxury carpet mats and Mazda RX-8 branded aluminium door scuff plates.

Like other standard 192ps RX-8s, the Nemesis has front fog lights, heated front seats, electrically-operated driver's seat, climate control air-conditioning, nine-speaker BOSE premium audio system with 6-CD auto-changer, plus a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake lever. Every Mazda RX-8 is fitted with six airbags.

The comprehensive active safety package on RX-8 ensures that the Nemesis is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS) and a Limited-Slip Differential (LSD).

The revolutionary design of the Mazda RX-8 – with its rare blend of high performance, rotary engine power, sports car dynamics with rear-wheel drive and generous interior space

(thanks to the 2700 mm wheelbase and skilful packaging) – make it a truly practical four‑seater, four-door sports coupé. The Nemesis has a top speed of 139 mph and accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

This special edition is an extremely attractive model as it offers unique styling at the highly affordable price of £22,995 on-the-road – £330 less than the same price of a standard Mazda RX-8 192ps model with leather trim. Customer benefits encompass the interior upgrade, free Mica paint (worth £325), plus £620 worth of accessories – at no extra cost. Each Nemesis buyer will also qualify for a complimentary Prodrive experience day to learn how to get maximum enjoyment from their new car, while driving safely and responsibly.

As well as delivering great performance and top value, the Mazda RX-8 Nemesis also brings customers a touch of exclusivity. Just 350 examples (200 in Copper Red and 150 in Stormy Blue) of this special edition will be available in the UK.

The Mazda RX-8 Nemesis is powered by a twin 1.3-litre 192ps rotary engine providing Zoom‑Zoom performance to complement the stylish look of this special edition. RX-8 Nemesis is set to build on the tremendous success of the Mazda RX-8, voted 'Best Coupé 2006' by the influential What Car? magazine for the third consecutive year. Since launch, more than 20,000 RX-8s have been delivered to customers in the UK.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Strange name for what amounts to a luxury package.

      Ok Mazda, we know u can make the RX8 even prettier and more posh, but wheres the turbo? When are we going to see a 350hp RX7 redux?? Wouldnt that be a better recepient for the name Nemesis???
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the blue, and the interior, now give it a (real) engine. Great car, but I would not buy one with the rotary engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will they ever bother to make it less painfully slow?

      sigh. potential squandered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4: I think you mean intake ports.
      #6: If you're going to rag on the RX-8 by doing a comparison, at least pick a car just a tiny bit similar to it. The RX-8 is a 4 seater in a completely different weight class. Apples to apples people.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've gotta agree with #1, what's the point? As far as I can tell, is special paint, and a smattering of badges and trim. Who the hell cares?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think a Mazdaspeed RX-8 is more likely than a new sports car right now. 300HP with that chassis will be sweeet.

      • 8 Years Ago
      So this car is based off the lower powered model... With only 4 exhaust ports and 7000rpm redline... lame...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Make a friggin Mazdaspeed version already sheesh!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shinka owns these.
      Check out the perforated leather and Alcantara seats in the Shinka. Never look back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      so a paint job and some interior upgrades will make me want a car at a price wehre even the base Pontiac Solstice will outgun at hte light
      what the hell - guess the zoom zoom has been beaten out this car
      thanks i'll settle for an old 525 as a daily driver and I get he Solstice with the 260HP as my summer adn weekend ride - and may even save some money on the process
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is also essentially a standard option in USDM MY 2007 RX8's tan leather, Stormy Blue exterior, except for the badges its the same thing as an 07 GT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems like Mazda is going to stick with the RX-8 for a few more years, despite poor sales. White a MazdaSpeed variant was speculated in the press, AutoWeek reported no real plans in its "Future Cars" pieces.