Japan: Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R image

Mazda will unveil its latest RX-8 – the RX-8 SPIRIT R. The RX-8 SPIRIT R will go on sale from November 24, 2011 in Japan.

Only 1,000 examples are scheduled to be built.

Changes to this special edition include an exclusive seat design, coloured alloy wheels, standard curtain, and front side SRS airbag system – which is available as an option on base models.

Following launch, the RX-8 line-up will consist of just two versions – the SPIRIT R and the Type G (with six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission).

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)

A total of three exterior color options will be available, including Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

Mazda has also confirmed that RX-8 production will officially end in June of next year, and for now, there’s no word on any special edition models for the U.S.

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)