The end of a motoring legend
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.