Development of the RX-8 can be traced to as far back as the 1995 Mazda RX-01 concept car, which featured an early iteration of the 13B-MSP engine.

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Mazda RX 8

The Mazda RX-8 is a sports car manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation. It first appeared in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. It is the successor to the RX-7 and, like its predecessors in the RX range, it is powered by a rotary engine. The RX-8 began North American sales in the 2004 model year. Development of the RX-8 can be traced to as far back as the 1995 Mazda RX-01 concept car, which featured an early iteration of the 13B-MSP engine. Naturally aspirated with side exhaust ports, this engine produced 220 hp (160 kW). As prohibited by Mazda's financial state at the time and the growing market interest in SUVs, the RX-01 never saw further development or production. However, a "skunkworks" engineering team within Mazda kept the development of the 13B-MSP alive using MX-5 Miata chassis, eventually catching the attention of management, which at this time had come under heavy influence from Ford. Development of the 13B-MSP advanced and eventually led to the RENESIS moniker debuting along with the RX-EVOLV concept car which began to bear semblance to the production RX-8 with the "freestyle" doors. Styling was developed via design competitions in Mazda tradition among its design studios in Japan, the US, and Europe. The project obtained official approval from management, and eventually the RX-8 concept car (design/engineering model) was produced and shown in 2001, closer resembling the production version. A near-production "reference exhibit" RX-8 was shown shortly thereafter at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, pending final approval for production. Production RX-8 closely resembles this vehicle save for minor trim details, and "job 1" began in February 2003 at Mazda's Hiroshima plant in Japan.


Mazda RX 8

Technical Specifications

Mazda RX 8 Dimensions And Weights
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Overall Length 4425 (mm) 4425 (mm)
Overall Width 1770 (mm) 1770 (mm)
Overall Height 1340 (mm) 1340 (mm)
Wheel Base 2700 (mm) 2700 (mm)
Ground Clearance 140 (mm) 140 (mm)
Front Track 1500 (mm) 1500 (mm)
Rear Track 1505 (mm) 1505 (mm)
Front Headroom 970 (mm) 970 (mm)
Front Legroom 1084 (mm) 1084 (mm)
Rear Legroom 817 (mm) 817 (mm)
Rear Shoulder 1395 (mm) 1395 (mm)
Boot Space 290 (liter) 290 (liter)
Gross Vehicle - -
Kerb Weight - -

Mazda RX 8 Fuel Economy
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Mileage (Highway) - 24 (km/liter)
Mileage (City) - 18 (km/liter )
Mileage (Overall) - -

Mazda RX 8 Capacities
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Seating Capacity 2 (person) 2 (person)
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 (liter) 61 (liter)
No Of Doors

Mazda RX 8 Performance
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Maximum Speed - -
0-100kmph - -
1/4 Mile - -
100kmph-0 (Braking) - -
80kmph-0 (Braking) - -

Mazda RX 8 Engine
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Engine Type Rotary engine, 2-rotor, water-cooled  Rotary engine, 2-rotor, water-cooled 
Displacement 2616 (cc) 2616 (cc)
Power 192@7000 (PS@rpm ) 240@8200 (PS@rpm )
Torque 220@5000 (Nm@rpm ) 211@5500 (Nm@rpm )
Valve Mechanism - -
Bore - -
Stroke - -
Compression Ratio 10.0  10.0 
No of Cylinders - -
Cylinder Configuration - -
Valves per Cylender - -
Ignition Type - -
Engine Block Material - -
Block Head Material - -
Fuel Type Petrol  Petrol 
Fuel System MPFi  MPFi 

Mazda RX 8 Transmission
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Transmission Type - -
Gears/Speeds - -
Clutch Type - -
Final Reduction - -

Mazda RX 8 Suspensions
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Front Suspension Double wishbone  Double wishbone 
Rear Suspension Multi-link  Multi-link 

Mazda RX 8 Steering
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Steering Type Rack & pinion  Rack & pinion 
Power Assisted Direct-drive, electric power steering  Direct-drive, electric power steering 
Minimum Turning Radius 5 (meter) 5 (meter)

Mazda RX 8 Brakes
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Brake Type - -
Front Brakes 303mm Ventilated discs  323mm Ventilated discs 
Rear Brakes 302mm Ventilated discs  302mm Ventilated discs 

Mazda RX 8 Wheels And Tyres
  RX 8-Standard RX 8-Sports
Wheel Type - -
Wheel Size 16x7.5JJ  18x8JJ 
Tyres 225/55R16 94V  225/45R18 91W 

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