Mazda RX-8 Spirit R bids farewell to brand’s rotary engine sports car

Mazda is saying farewell to the RX-8 with a new special-edition model of its four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car. Known as the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R, the special-edition model will go on sale from November 24, 2011 at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

Production of the Mazda RX-8 will end in June 2012 and Spirit R will be the final special edition model. Mazda expects to sell 1,000 units of the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R.

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“Mazda’s iconic rotary engine recorded its famous victory in the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race 20 years ago,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. “Throughout 2011, we have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of that victory by demonstrating the winning 787B racecar at Le Mans’ Circuit de La Sarthe and various other events around the world. At each one, the screaming rotary engine and the sight of the 787B have enthralled everyone from young children to race fans who witnessed its victory in 1991. These events have been a powerful reminder of the widespread passion for the rotary engine. Although RX-8 production is ending, the rotary engine will always represent the spirit of Mazda and Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development.”

The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R is based on the RX-8 Type RS (with 6-speed manual transmission) and Type E (with 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission). The name comes from the final limited edition Mazda RX-7.

Check out the complete specs of the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R after the jump.

Main features of the limited Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R series

Base models

RX-8 Type RS (with six-speed manual transmission) and RX-8 Type E (with six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission)

Special equipment

For both manual and automatic transmission models

  • Exclusive SPIRIT R badge
  • Front headlights, front fog lights and rear combination lights (with black bezels)
  • Front and rear brake calipers (red)
  • Transmission tunnel trim (piano-black)
  • Curtain and front side SRS airbag system

Exclusive to the manual transmission model

  • Specially-made SPIRIT R bucket seats from RECARO
  • 225/40R19 89W tires and 19-inch alloy wheels (bronze)

Exclusive to the automatic transmission model

  • Leather seats (black with red stitching)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (black with red stitching)
  • Parking brake lever (with red stitching)
  • Center console box front seat armrest and rear console box lid covered with synthetic leather (with red stitching)
  • Sports suspension, larger brakes
  • 225/45R18 91W tires and 18-inch alloy wheels (gun metallic)

Exterior body colors

  • Aluminum Metallic
  • Sparkling Black Mica
  • Crystal White Pearl Mica
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices

* price of the model in the attached photo

Model Engine Drive Transmission Price (with tax)
SPIRIT R Water-cooled
(0.654L x 2)
RWD 6-speed manual 3,250,000*
6-speed electronically-controlled
automatic (Activematic)
  • – A separate recycling fee of 12,900 yen is necessary in addition to the prices listed above.
  • – If the special body color Crystal White Pearl Mica is selected, the price increases by 31,500 yen (including tax)

Mazda’s rotary engine history

1961 Jul Signs a technical contract with NSU and Wankel
1967 May Announces the completion of the rotary engine and introduces the Cosmo Sport 110S
1968 Jul Introduces the Familia Rotary Coupe/Mazda R100
1969 Oct Introduces the Luce Rotary Coupe/Mazda R130 Coupe
1970 May Introduces the Capella Rotary/Mazda RX-2 series
1971 Sep Introduces the Savanna Rotary/Mazda RX-3 is introduced
1972 Nov Introduces the Luce Rotary/Mazda RX-4 series
1973 Jun Cumulative production of rotary engine vehicles reaches 500,000 units
1975 Apr Introduces the Roadpacer
1975 Oct Introduces the Cosmo AP/Mazda RX-5
1977 Jul Introduces the Cosmo L (Landau top)
1977 Oct Introduces the Luce Legato/Mazda 929L
1978 Mar Introduces the Savanna RX-7/Mazda RX-7
1978 Nov Cumulative production of rotary engine cars reaches 1 million units
1981 Nov Introduces the new Cosmo and Luce/Mazda 929 rotary series
1986 Apr Cumulative production of rotary engine vehicles reaches 1.5 million units
1986 Sep Introduces the fully redesigned Luce
1990 Apr Introduces the Eunos Cosmo featuring a three-rotor rotary engine
1991 Jun The Mazda 787B wins the 59th Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race
1991 Dec Introduces the fully redesigned RX-7
2002 Mar Introduces the SPIRIT R final limited edition Mazda RX-7
2003 Apr Introduces the Mazda RX-8

– By: Omar Rana