- Service & Repair
Mazda's RX-8 received minor exterior and interior updates for 2009, which is when the rotary-powered sports car gained an R3 sport package. Competitors include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 370Z.
New for 2011
There are no significant changes.
On the whole, the RX-8 looks much the same as before. It retains a longish hood, pronounced fender flares and a cabin that has small, rear-hinged back doors to make it easier to get in the backseat. Exterior features include:
The RX-8's cabin has room for up to four people. There are bucket seats in front and back, and a full-length center console runs the length of the cabin between both rows of seats. The tachometer has a variable redline that moves based on engine temperature. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The RX-8's 1.3-liter rotary engine produces 232 horsepower when teamed with the six-speed manual transmission, but its output drops to 212 hp when paired with the optional six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:
Safety equipment includes: