Mazda Australia has released the first details of their revitalized RX-8 sports car range, due to arrive on our shores early in the second half of 2008.
The new RX-8 employs a myriad of mechanical upgrades, all designed to enhance the reputation and iconic status of the world's only rotary-powered, four-door sports car.
"The Mazda RX-8 is a special car, both to us and in the automotive world, and there's a palpable excitement in the lead-up to the new model," said Mazda Managing Director Doug Dickson. "It's like one long night before Christmas!"
Mazda Australia can now confirm that the new RX-8 range will consist of three models - one of which will wear the storied GT moniker.
The new Mazda RX-8 GT will hit Australian dealerships in July and will feature specially tuned sports suspension with light-weight 19-inch wheels and a wide range of modifications to the RX-8's RENESIS rotary engine.
The original Mazda RX-8 has won more than 50 automotive awards, including 2003 International Engine of the Year and clocked up sales of more than 170,000 units around the world.
When setting the goals for the new Mazda RX-8, Mazda's engineers chose not to mess with the original's successful formula; instead all efforts were focused on further honing its performance and styling. Mazda RX-8 Program Manager Noboru Katabuchi named this the pursuit of "Sophisticated Dynamism".