2009 Mazda RX-8

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Launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8 hit the global market with a serious bang. The RX-8 has won 52 global awards since its release including 2003 Japanese Car of the Year, Australia's Wheels magazine's Car of the Year for 2003, 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2004 Singapore Car of the Year, the 2004 U.S. Best Sports Car and UK Car of the Year 2004. It was also named on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2004, 2005, and 2006. All together, Mazda has sold nearly 158,000 RX-8s around the world.

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For 2009, Mazda will further the evolution of the four-door, four-seater sports coupe, giving RX-8 a refreshed exterior and interior design, enhanced performance and a new R3 sport model for the ultimate driving enthusiast.

Unchanged is the core of the RX-8 – a high-powered, lightweight and perfectly balanced machine powered by the world-renowned twin-rotor RENESIS rotary engine.

New or enhanced for 2009:

* Exterior refinements include restyled front and rear bumpers and front fascia, sporty, high-quality finish front and rear headlights and larger exhaust pipes (90 mm)
* New five-spoke wheel design featuring a symbolic and sporty design in the motif of a rotary engine with different arrangements for each wheel size
* Improved body rigidity with structural reinforcements, the rear suspension geometry has been reconfigured for better handling performance and driveshaft rigidity is improved
* Final gear ratio changes on the manual transmission from 4.444 to 4.777 for improved performance
* New RX-8 R3 model adds a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and front suspension crossmembers filled with urethane foam for better ride comfort, rear spoiler, side sills, fog lights, xenon HID headlights and sporty front bumper are added to give a sporty appearance along with 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with high performance tires
* Inside, the R3 model features a 300-watt Bose® audio system with Centerpoint surround sound and AudioPilot® noise compensation technology, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, front Recaro sport seats with leather side bolsters, leather-wrapped parking brake and Mazda advanced keyless entry and start system

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