An extensive update of the Mazda RX-8 is expected to be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The news comes by way of Auto Motor und Sport, which says the new RX-8 will get several aerodynamic updates, new tail lights, and a redesigned interior.
The new RX-8 will stay as a rear-wheel drive car using a 231 horsepower rotary mid-engine with a second knock sensor to improve efficiency. Torque remains the same at 211 Nm. With the six-speed manual, the driver can take the car from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 234 km/h. Apparently, this will be the only version available in Germany, and possibly other countries as well.
Upgrades to the exterior include a new front and rear spoiler, and side skirts. The aerodynamic changes make the RX-8 look more in line with the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. At the back customers will see bigger tailpipes, and LED lights in the tail lamps. Mazda is also including 19-inch alloys in dark gray.
Inside, the driver will sit comfortably in the standard equipment, black cloth and leather Recaro seats. A new instrument cluster will be seated behind the leather, three-spoke steering wheel with red stitching. A nine-speaker Bose audio system and Bluetooth will also be included.
Also standard is the limited-slip differential, anti-lock brakes, and stability & traction control.
The new Mazda RX-8 will be available for around €38,000, according to the magazine. This price should be applicable in Germany, and -we hope- already includes taxes.
Please note: Attached image shows the current Mazda RX-8