• Jan 10, 2008
click above for more images of the Mazda RX-8 RS

According to World Car Fans, the vehicle you see above is the JDM-only RX-8 RS that's scheduled to be unveiled this week at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan's version of our own aftermarket SEMA Show. In advance of the car's debut, Mazda was nice enough to release two images of the RX-8 RS with its fresh face and updates, some of which we may see in a few days on the standard RX-8 at the Detroit Auto Show. The rest of the 25 images we have in our gallery came from Motor Authority, higher-res versions of which are likely forthcoming from Mazda as soon as the car officially debuts.

The RX-8 RS features larger air intakes on the front fascia that now incorporate a set of flush-fitting fog lights. There's also a chin spoiler that flares out near the edges to divert air up and into the intakes. New taillights can be seen on the car's rear, as well as a spoiler we're not likely to get on garden-variety RX-8. We probably won't see those new 19-inch wheels either, but wouldn't mind if we did.

Mazda did not divulge any information with the two images it officially released, so we can't tell you what's under the hood of the RX-8 RS, whether the engine is an update of the current Renesis motor or an all-new one. The Detroit Auto Show starts on Sunday, at which time all will be revealed.

[Source: World Car Fans, Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      looks good but it needs more powerrrrrrrr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about a mild update.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't see the new oil quart carrying case/storage location in these photos. Is that a dealer installed or factory option at this point? For such a wonderful drivers car, let's hope that 'whats under the hood' is an improvement in quality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        John neglected to include the info (or photo) I sent him last night.
        The engine oiling system has been improved to use about 5 times less oil. Before where you were having to top it off every fuel stop, it's every 4 or 5 now with the 2009. And for our customers in the Northern climates, the ECU has been rerprogrammed to all but eliminarte flooding, which has been happening at lower temps when the car is started, moved, and shut down after only running briefly.
        The 2009 was here yesterday, lightly cammo'd, and I got a front shot of it. In person the rear looks similar except the tails, but the front looks much more agressive, with it's new headlights, fenders, and larger grille openings. This car did not have the side sills or lower aero peices seen on the RS model, but the dash looked the same (center stack covered with a towel), as did the steering wheel. I forgot to look at the seats, but I'm pretty sure if they were the Recaros pictured here, I would have noticed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You do realize that Rotary engines (including the Renesis) were DESIGNED to consume oil for combustion?

        They dont burn oil because of some flaw...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @DCragtop: GET OVER IT! How many times do we have to repeat ourselves, and you morons keep harping on "Ew! It uses oil!". Sheesh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The '09s ECU and oiling system has been upgraded so the car used 4 times less oil. Also the cold engine flooding problem seems to have been solved.
        There was a mule here yesterday, but John neglected to share the info or pic I sent along. :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      sweet sweet sweet

      A little bit of "something" has been lost, but much much more has been gained. It's a much more cohesive design overall. Vastly improved tails. The front view looks fantastic! A very very very well executed facelift on one of my very favorite designs.

      Peace
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        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like it's riding a little higher, especially at the rear. Truthfully, it looks more like a Mazda, though I can't really guess why. Maybe it's the angle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the changes they made
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am looking forward to seeing what they did under the hood, as for looks its looking good!
      • 7 Years Ago
      No one seems to be mentioning one of the most important aspects of this facelift. The lower rear fascia is now body color instead of black plastic. Only around the exhaust pipes is it still black. That's a big deal to a lot of RX-8 enthusiasts as it makes for a much more appealing rear view. It just looks more complete and finished. Personally, I think the car looks much better with a modest lip spoiler rather than the wing. I think that's available from Mazda in other markets outside the U.S., and in the aftermarket everywhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Benfolio wrote: The engine oiling system has been improved to use about 5 times less oil. Before where you were having to top it off every fuel stop, it's every 4 or 5 now with the 2009. And for our customers in the Northern climates, the ECU has been rerprogrammed to all but eliminarte flooding, which has been happening at lower temps when the car is started, moved, and shut down after only running briefly."

      This is total hogwash! While the RX-8 needs a top up of oil, it is more like every 1000-1500 miles, not every fuel stop. The flooding problem was licked a LONG time ago, and few owners experienced it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and by the way- the oiling system Benfolio spoke about may use MORE oil- there are now TWO oil metering units, and oil capacity has been bumped up to compensate.

        Benfolio knows nothing about these cars.......
      • 7 Years Ago
      nice update mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Borat: very nice!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I understand rotary design correctly, wouldnt a third rotor sandwiched between the two halves of the renesis/13b offer a decent boost in power without any of the emissions & heat related problems of the 13BTT or 20BTT .....we could see an honest 300PS and 200TQ...just a thought. Couldnt see how that would be and expensive (comparitively) redesign. As far as Fuel Economy goes...wellllllllll the buyer will have to pay a bit more at the pump and 2K for the GG tax.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy a sports car built by Mazda. Comm'on...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why? Because you don't like sports cars? More people road race Mazdas than any other brand. So I guess that means they aren't sports cars?
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