MAZDA RX-8 FACELIFT 2011 Car reviews, Specs And Prices, what car reviews, A head of its Tokyo Auto Salon debut, Mazda have released an image of their facelifted RX-8 RS, an uprated JDM model. While the RS is a JDM only proposition, its styling will be shared by the facelifted RX-8.
Essentially, the facelift is a basic refresh of the styling with the bolt on bits getting a bit of a tweak. The front bar is sharper in its styling and features larger air-intakes, new driving lights and a splitter.
New and larger front grille and oil cooling openings for a stronger front end design
New designs for headlamps, front fenders, rear LED lamps
New design rear bumper with larger exhaust pipes
New wheel designs with spokes in rotor look
Four new exterior colours
Sport Pack (standard, new to RX-8): Integrated front spoiler, side spoilers, floating-type rear spoiler for reduced lift
New dark grey, extra lightweight, forged 19-inch alloy wheels
Improved levels of quality craftsmanship
New centre console design
New variable red-zone tachometer
New instrument cluster colour for minimised eye strain
New steering wheel design
New front passenger seat tip and slide functionality for easier access to rear seats
Sport Pack (standard, new to RX-8)
The RX-8 facelift rotary engine delivers 170 kW/231 PS at 8,200 rpm and 211 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. It accelerates the RX-8 facelift from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and allows a top speed of 234 km/h.
The RENESIS engine of the RX-8 facelift is evolved to deliver even more sports car performance and driving fun – an attribute that Mazda`s sports icon has always possessed. Drive shaft torsional rigidity of the RX-8 facelift is improved by approximately 30 percent. Combined with the car`s high-mount backbone frame at the top of the transmission tunnel, this improves driving performance and reduces NVH. The differential gear ratio is lowered for the facelift version from 4.444 to 4.777 for improved performance feel, and the RENESIS rotary engine`s acclaimed smoothness and cultivation is enhanced by the introduction of a two knock sensor system, a first for Mazda, which detects and prevents knock better.
Active and passive safety always has top priority at Mazda and the RX-8 facelift is no exception. It comes with 323 mm ventilated front discs and 302 mm ventilated rear discs. ABS, traction control and DSC systems (disconnectable) are standard equipment. Still onboard is the limited slip differential, which automatically distributes the power between the rear wheels and ensures best possible acceleration and traction.
The RX-8 facelift continues to feature the front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive configuration of the original, delivering an ideal 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles for fantastic handling characteristics. This acclaimed attribute is taken to a new level with improved overall body shell rigidity, steering feel and handling stability.
Body shell rigidity was further improved with a trapezoidal strut tower bar added at the front to enhance local rigidity of the front suspension tower areas. Together with other local rigidity enhancements, torsional (twisting) rigidity was improved by 5.4 percent and flexural (bending) rigidity by 8.7 percent.
Steering feel is further improved and more linear as well, with an enhancement of the main bar joint of the instrument panel for more rigidity of the steering mount area, and the addition of a new front suspension cross member filled with urethane foam for optimal ride comfort.
Overall driving stability is also increased with a reconfiguration of the rear suspension geometry and by increasing the size of the upper lateral link`s joint section by 7.5 mm for better control of toe-out change at rebound.
Mazda Rx-8 prices starting at a price of approximately $ 26.795
Mazda Rx-8 Facelift Basic Specs :
Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3065
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG): 22
Horsepower : 232@8500
Torque (lb-ft) : 159@5500
Wheelbase : 106.4
Length (in.) : 175.6
Width (in.) : 69.7
Height (in.) : 52.8