The end of a mo­tor­ing leg­end

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

Farewell: It was the car to yearn for when it went on sale in 2003, but now pro­duc­tion of Mazda’s ul­tra zoomy zoom coupé, the RX-8, is wind­ing down at Hiroshima. It won 37 ma­jor awards.

We bought more than 26,000 in Bri­tain, with sales de­clin­ing af­ter the first buzz cre­ated by the coupé with the un­usual rear-hinged back doors.

This was, and still is, one of the most ex­cit­ing cars of the decade, with a thirsty, high-revving twin ro­tary en­gine giv­ing ex­otic noises on its way to a 062mph time of 6.4 sec­onds in its lat­est, 231hp R3 tune.

The fi­nal edi­tion of 100 is priced at £25,540 to in­clude new Re­caro front sports seats, classy Bose au­dio and a node­posit pur­chase plan.

“A few lucky cus­tomers are go­ing to play a part in the grand fi­nale of this mo­tor­ing leg­end,” says Mazda UK sales di­rec­tor Mark Cameron.

Com­ing next from Mazda is a new Mazda5 and the up­graded Mazda2, the World Car of the Year in 2008. De­tails in­clude new front, bet­ter in­te­rior, im­proved chas­sis and mo­tors and the first au­to­matic ver­sion.

The Mazda3 also gets a cleaner 1.6 diesel mo­tor with light­weight man­ual six-speed box.

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