• Aug 8th 2007 at 9:02PM
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This year marks the 40th anniversary Mazda rotary power, and to celebrate, the automaker is building 200 RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary edition cars for sale in Japan. Each is finished in Marble White, features special badging and some unique features like a leather and Alcantara interior. Retro-style contrast-stitched leather trim is meant to evoke the classic Cosmo Sport, and it's also got Bilstein dampers and a foam-filled front cross member. Power output is the same as what's found in standard RX-8 Type S (6MT) and Type E (6AT) models, so like other RX-8 specials, this is all paint, accessories, and trim. It sure looks nice, though. Complete details are in Mazda's press release after the jump.

[Source: Mazda]

Mazda Releases 'Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary' Commemorative Limited Edition RX-8 in Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan-To commemorate forty years of Mazda's rotary engine vehicles sold globally, Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced sales of a limited edition model Mazda RX-8 throughout Japan. The RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary edition is available from today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships.

Since the 1967 introduction of Mazda's first vehicle powered by a rotary engine, the Cosmo Sport (known as the 110S overseas), Mazda has continued to produce and sell various rotary engine-powered cars, most notably the Familia Rotary Coupe (known as the R100 overseas), the Savanna (RX-3), RX-7, and Eunos Cosmo. Currently, Mazda is working on technical improvements in fuel economy and environmental performance for its rotary engines. Mazda also intends to advance the potential of the hydrogen rotary engine as part of its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, which was announced in March 2007.

The RX-8 'Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary' model is based on the RX-8 Type S (six-speed manual transmission) and the Type E (six-speed automatic transmission) model grades. The interior is designed to evoke the Cosmo Sport heritage and includes exclusive black genuine leather and light silver ALCANTARA®* combination seat covers. The exclusive Marble White body color and special limited edition badges mounted on the side panels are perfectly suited to commemorate the fortieth year of Mazda's rotary engine vehicle sales. Special equipment -- including exclusive Bilstein dampers and a urethane foam-filled front suspension cross member -- has been fitted for a higher quality ride and better performance.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for both the six-speed manual and automatic versions is 3,150,000 yen (including consumption tax). Production will be limited to 200 units.

Features of the Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary model

Base model
  • Mazda RX-8 Type S (6-speed MT model) or Mazda RX-8 type E (6-speed AT model)
Special equipment

  • Semi-gloss chrome light bezels (fitted to headlights and rear combination lights)
  • 18-inch highly reflective Dark Silver chrome aluminum alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights (with blue reflectors)
  • Exclusive black genuine leather and light silver ALCANTARA®* combination seat covers and light silver synthetic leather door trim are a modern interpretation of the Cosmo Sport's unique interior design.
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support.
  • Exclusive black leather-wrapped steering wheel and hand brake (with grey stitching)
  • Exclusive black leather-wrapped gear shift (with grey stitching) on the MT model
  • Aluminum pedals and footrest (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)
  • Water repellent glass coating (windshield glass, front door windows, and door mirrors)
  • Advanced keyless entry & engine starter system

Rotary engine
  • By using rotors that have been finely balanced for their weight and rotation characteristics, the smooth performance of the rotary engine has been further enhanced.Special engine cover
Bilstein dampers
  • The Bilstein dampers were exclusively designed for this limited edition RX-8 in order to achieve higher levels of performance and comfort.
The front suspension cross member is filled with urethane foam.
  • The urethane foam filling provides the ideal amount of vibration suppression to deliver a desirable degree of direct feedback, ensuring a high quality steering feel.
  • Large diameter disc brakes (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)
  • 225/45R18 91W tires and 18-inch alloy wheels (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)
Body color
  • The classic shade, Marble White, is offered exclusively.

* ALCANTARA® is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Does it come with a substantial lack of torque?
        • 8 Years Ago
        That would be Honda, not Mazda, if you're looking for torquelack...
        • 8 Years Ago
        yes it does,

      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh? I don't know if you've seen a car painted that color, but they look very nice and upscale to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, I'd like to see a video of this car.
      Check out this lambo, http://www.hotswap.com/products/view/11136028e545/2004_Lamborghini_Gallardo/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, mazda is really missing the boat with the RX8. People don't care about fancy special editions if the car can't compete with what else is out there! The RX8 is a phenomenally fun car to drive and it certainly isn't slow, but to keep up with the likes of the 350z we need more juice!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Take this silly thing back and bring me something with a turbo.
        • 8 Years Ago
        they did make a model with a turbo if you remember. except they stopped after only two cars were made, for some reason i can still not fathom to this day...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the color (and I'm not much of a fan of white).

      You know - I've often wondered what color Japanese cars should be. You know - like the old Grand Prix cars that indicated their country of origin by color. White seems "right" for Japanese cars.

      Well - whaddya know:
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ho hum....another "special" superficial edition of the RX-8. Even though the US gets their first one, markets outside the US have been getting them regularly.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the white is supposed to recall the original Mazda Cosmo Sport (which was most common in white). The US is actually getting a special 40th aniversary RX-8 also, only the color will be different:

      "To help celebrate the 40 th Anniversary of Mazda’s rotary engine, Mazda will offer a limited-edition 40 th Anniversary RX-8. Available in early 2008, the 40 th Anniversary RX-8 will feature a special Metropolitan Gray exterior/Cosmo Red leather interior color scheme, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, suspension enhancements, fog lamps, silver engine cover and special badging."

        • 8 Years Ago
        Correction on my part as I mistook the colors as being the exterior scheme, not the interior scheme. The exterior color still sucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For anyone that cares, I thought the article on how rotary engines work on wikipedia was pretty cool. After thinking about engines in terms of piston-driven boxes for so long, the pistonless Wankel engine design was an interesting example of really "outside the box" thinking.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove a RX-8 for about 2 months. Great interior, precise and fun handling, great engine noise, very smooth, revs to 9.3k RPMS!, but it lacked power below 6k RPMs. And although the engine is very small for the amount of power it generates (230hp from a 1.3!) it is highly inefficient. The best you could hope for on a long highway trip is around 21-22mpg. Normally, I was getting around 17mpg with 75% freeway. Also, it will drink a quart of oil every 1k or so miles.

      Great car, but the engine is really out-of-step with the modern world. It needs a revolutionary step forward that would make it alot more effecient than it is now. I wonder if Mazda can do it with their next rotary.
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