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As more and more artists' impressions of the anticipated Mazda RX-9 surface online, images have leaked showing us what the interim facelifted version of the current RX-8 will look like. The image, as you can see, comes from a scanned Japanese magazine.

The changes appear to be exclusively cosmetic. Up front, the grille has been revised to feature higher-mounted fog lamps under new, wider headlights. Around back the taillamps have been updated with four round LED rings. That's pretty much the extent of it, although the car pictured is a new RS version featuring 19" wheels, Recaro racing buckets and Bilstein shocks.

The facelift is reportedly targeted mainly towards American customers, and may not even make it to other markets. We'll bring you more from the updated RX-8's anticipated launch at the fast-approaching Detroit auto show.

[Source: Mazda-Madness.nl via World Car Fans]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the same magazine that was referred to in the post last week. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/12/24/rendered-speculation-mazda-rx-8-refresh/

      Autoblog didn't put much faith in it then, but the renderings do match up with the contours of the spy shots.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A RX-9 isn't coming. Because two guys who loves to photoshop made some impressions doesn't mean the car is actually coming...

      A new RX-8 and RX-7 are coming and Mazda isn't sure yet about the Kabura. IF that car will go in to production it won't be called RX-9 because the car is smaller (MX-5 based) and probably won't have a rotary engine

      I don't like the facelift. The RX-8 was perfect as it was!

      Cool to to see a link to my website Mazda Madness though :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front fender and front door stampings look significantly reworked to me. The side character line has changed from rising up above the door handle to a more subtle line running from the new horizontal (vs. the old larger vertical) fender vent right through the door handle line.

      I like the more aggressive front end. Too bad this itty bitty car is such a gas piggy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A handsome update to an interesting car.

      When the car was first released, I test-drove a loaded RX-8 Grand Touring with a 6-speed manual in nordic green with black-n-tan leather and really enjoyed the driving experience and absolutely loved the color combination. When it came time to talk price, the dealer wouldn't budge off of MSRP + ADM so I walked. Not surprising given that the car was a new release but I received a call back from the dealer 3 months later begging me to come back in and work on the price. No thanks.

      Too bad the only place you can buy a new Mazda in my area is from a Mazda dealer (same for VW and Subaru) - decent cars, crappy dealers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I had a similar experience. I really wanted the dark grey w/ th burnt sienna leather seats in the GT 6MT and the rotary accent package. All they had was silver w/ black seat w/ no accent package, or anything else I wanted...the fender strakes, etc. Well, dude wouldn't budge on the price, so I walked. Now I see that damn car everyday at least once guaranteed. :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the facelift, but wasnt this posted already?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice update, especially the grille. Much less Pokemon-faced now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I usually like Mazda's designs but this is just sad. They took away all of the character that made the RX-8 what was in my opinion. The front looks terrible, too Porsche-like, and the side vents are gone as well, replaced by something you would find on the side of a new Cadillac. The rear looks awful in a single color, bring back the black trim. It seems Mazda has gone backwards just as Mitsubishi and Subaru have.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ive got an RX-8.. i like that all red better than the black trim... as long as they throw in a rotary accent somewhere. I always thought the black looked cheap.. especially with its fake black grille in the rear.
        I like the new tail lights too.. wonder if they will keep the moisture out tho.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK, I Love the RX-8. So much so that I almost bought one this summer, but didn't because I lost my job.

      I think it is a sexy sexy car....BUT

      with all the cool photochops of the RX-9 lately this RX-8 looks boring and bland to me...

      And I do not like the new front end, especially the new fogs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they did something to suppress the RX-8's appetite for fuel and oil.
      • 7 Years Ago
      still looks stupid
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car looks great in person, though I think it could look "lower" and more sleek if they just make it a 2-seater. Still, the back looks to be improved a bit (looks a bit frumpy in the current iteration), still a hot car. The real fun is the changes under the hood. When we gonna get specs on the 16x rotary?
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