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And now for some good news from Mazda: it is doubling the run of its limited edition RX-8 Spirit R, adding 1,000 more units to production due to demand. Announced late last year, this Japan-only model celebrates the end of the RX-8's nine-year existence. The final Wankel-engined four-door is scheduled to roll off the line in June.

The Spirit R doesn't skimp on the extra trim bits inside and out, with larger brakes clamped by red calipers, piano-black transmission tunnel trim, Recaro Sprint R bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an enhanced traction control system among the bonus features.

Both automatic and manual transmissions are offered, but takers have gone decisively for the row-your-own cogswapper, making up 66 percent of orders. Compared to the automatic, they receive larger 19-inch wheels on lower profile tires, a "hard suspension," alloy pedals and aero bits. Hit the jump for the press release with more details.
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Mazda Extends Production of Special Edition RX-8 SPIRIT R
- An extra 1,000 RX-8s are on their way due to popular demand -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation has decided to extend production of the Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R by 1,000 units. Mazda initially intended to make 1,000 units of the special edition four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car, but will extend production due to a large number of orders. Sales of the RX-8 SPIRIT R, the final special edition model, were launched in November of 2011.

Mazda has received orders for the special edition RX-8 SPIRIT R from a variety of customers of all ages including sports car fans and rotary engine enthusiasts. The 6-speed manual transmission version is proving most popular, constituting 66% of orders. It features aero parts and Bilstein dampers as well as RECARO bucket seats and 19-inch bronze-painted forged aluminum wheels. Orders are almost equally divided between the three available body colors, Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

Mazda commenced sales of the RX-8 in April 2003, and as of the end of March 2012, has produced 192,094 units (figure includes those intended for overseas sale). Mazda plans to end production of the RX-8 in June 2012.

Main features of the limited Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R series (disclosed on October 7, 2011):

Special equipment for RX-8 SPIRIT R

For both manual and automatic transmission models
- Exclusive ornament
- Front headlights, front fog lights and rear combination lights (with black bezels)
- Front and rear brake calipers (red)
- Larger brake rotors
- Transmission tunnel trim (piano-black)
- Curtain and front side SRS airbag system
- Driving Stability Control and Traction Control System
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel (black with red stitching)
- Leather-wrapped parking brake lever (with red stitching)
- Center console box with front seat armrest (synthetic leather with red stitching)
- Rear console box with a lid (with synthetic leather)

Exclusive to the 6-speed manual transmission model
- Bucket seats from RECARO (red and black leather* and fabric)
- Hard suspension (with Bilstein dampers)
- 225/40R19 89W tires and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels (bronze)
- Aero parts
- Aluminum pedal set
- Leather-wrapped shift knob (black with red stitching)

Exclusive to the 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission model
- Black leather seats (with red stitching)* and 8-way power seat with memory function
- Sports suspension
- 225/45R18 91W tires and 18-inch alloy wheels (gun metallic)
- Heated front seats
- Leather-wrapped shift knob (black)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The last sporty car in mazdas line up (mazdaspeed 3) will be the next to go. Mazda is now selling the illusion of performance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not really. The new regular 3 with SkyActiv and 6-speed is actually a nice car, a better driver than the new Focus with the awful semi-auto gearbox. They just can't keep the rotary amidst the new EPA regs, at least not as it is. And the RX-8's problem was always power, losing some would only make the car less desirable. The Mazdaspeed 3 on the other hand can likely keep up with EPA needs. With a six-speed manual, front wheel drive, and the turbo four cylinder, they should be able to keep it feasible. And really, in a way, the RX-8's biggest enemy was the Speed 3. While it was the better driver, the 3 is and was more powerful and more practical for the same money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      1000 units? That will give Mazda an extra 5 years to develop the next generation RX! Good for them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The rotary engine is still in development. So is the piston engine. It's just that the piston engine is so much further along....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't understand why Mazda didn't put the rotary engine in the MX5. Can someone tell me please!!! It would make it a very special car, call it RX5 or MX5 R-Special. If Mazda has a bit more cash, engineer a fastback hardtop and sell for more, similar to what Porsche did with the Cayman, from the bones of the Boxter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are some things working against the RX-8s current rotary engine: poor fuel economy relative to displacement and output, not very good with exhaust emissions, and some reliability issues.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well nice to see it last a little while longer, but I'm not sure who is buying them new when there are lots of used ones on the market to pick up quite a bit cheaper. Perhaps they wanted to have it still selling when the FR-S/BR-Z come out in early June.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they will need to make about 4,000 more motors for replacements!
        chest rockwell
        • 3 Years Ago
        My neighbor had his RX-8 engine fail at 8,000 miles. From there it spent the better part of the next three months in the shop with various related repairs. So...... maybe Petee isn't "retarded".
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chest rockwell
          I say this because reading wrangler forums this morning, a guy had an RX-8 that went through 4 motors. Finally got rid of it for a new JK. But it is a fact these motors are not very good. Why all the downranks!? lol o well, I can handle it!
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're trying to squeeze off a couple more sales before the NEXT automotive hype comes along and disappoints...FR-S/BRZ.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And they brought this back...why? What a nightmare of a car. Mazda is a lousy car. If you want a dependalbe, sproty car....get a Hyundai Genesis or a Tiberon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda......... Never again for me..
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car was is what you get when Ford owns 51% of Mazda...the 2 generation RX-7 was a cool car...kind looked Italian like a Lambo...but the RX-8 is nothing more than a Ford Taurus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mhwyman7 I thought ford was down to ~3% control of mazda. @dytimmys Yes. the RX-8 is basicallty just like a taurus. But a taurus with rear opening doors...and a completely different chasis...and a different suspension....and RWD....and a wankel motor....and build entirely different factory and in japan. But other than that definitely just a re-badged taurus.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford only owns 13% of Mazda ace, at one time they owned as much as 33% but they sold 20% of their holdings in 2008 to keep from going broke. by the way the Taurus has never had a Wankel rotory engine, theb sho version has a Yamaha motor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, it was a Taurus, except in every imaginable way. You know, totally different chassis, rear wheel instead of front wheel drive, rotary instead of tired six cylinder. Manual transmission instead of automatic only, fun to drive instead of practical but dull, good looking instead of your grandfather's sedan. Yeah, totally the same car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My gf's 6 cylinder Honda Accord gets 26 mpg with mixed driving.
      • 3 Years Ago
      masda worst car ever made,besides toyota
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always thought they looked goofy and were way under powered, I whoop one off and down the line in my Jeep once and that saying something.
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