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Leaked: Mazda RX-8 Facelift

Mazda RX-8 Facelift scan
Mazda RX-8 Facelift scan

First scans surface from Japan

Scans surface from Japan

Where many automotive sites had their hopes up for an all new, next generation RX-8, the spotted mule was instead an RX-8 facelift which is scheduled for a Detroit debut in just over a week time at the North American International Auto Show.

Ten days after the surfacing of those spy photos a Japanese magazine's front cover surfaced on the internet clearly showing the updated RX-8, but the image itself was of very low quality. Yesterday however, Mazda mad Ahura of Mazda-Madness.nl found larger scans of the facelifted RX-8.

So now we know what the faelift will consist of, a new front fascia with adjusted grille, wider headlamps and the foglights have been placed higher while the LED rear lights have received a rounder look. The pictured RX-8 is an RS version with new 19 inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats, rear spoiler. Bilstein suspension which will make its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon tuner show on January 10.

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Published Jan 4th, 2008 11:34am By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen

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maomario maomario
UGLY UGLY UGLY!! everybody say this ... so mazda must change your mind !!!! !!!!! i think you go crazy !!
Jan 26th, 2008 10:08pm
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foose1397 foose1397
I guess ill hang tight to 2012 when the next one is release...dumb, Mazda as been on a role lately and this is just depressing
Jan 7th, 2008 3:01pm
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ck314 ck314
Wait til you see the western version, those scans are likely to depict an optional body/performance kit Mugen style.
Jan 7th, 2008 8:46am
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spec.B spec.B
Other than the slight difference in tail lights, it looks practically the same to me :/, not liking those rims though, or that spoiler.
Jan 6th, 2008 8:29am
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joelynn joelynn
not an improvement in any way. How big is the engine? Could it fit in a Mazda2? now that would be a classic
Jan 5th, 2008 6:49pm
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thylastbreath thylastbreath
Mazda ALWAYS does this. They take an absolutly brilliant design and make it look cheaper, more subtle and anonymous, and ultimately ruin the design; i.e. the last Mazda 6 facelift (the coming one is gorgeous however), and 3 facelift.
Jan 5th, 2008 1:23pm
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Blaconque Blaconque
calling this new is wrong but u want the truth... its much pretier
Jan 5th, 2008 8:22am
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Scuderia Scuderia
They should have got Pininfarina to freshen it up
Jan 5th, 2008 3:58am
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Scuderia Scuderia
I'm a fan of the current version. This just looks like one of those cheap and tacky japanese cars with unecessary body kit.
Jan 5th, 2008 3:57am
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silverhawk silverhawk
after some years all they could do is give it a facelift. im disapointed because its time for a replacement. the taillights are from the S2000 and the front is ugly.
Jan 5th, 2008 3:55am
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car.fan car.fan
Exactly, they should revive the RX-7. That would be awesome.
Jan 5th, 2008 3:19am
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dvvvb dvvvb
.......... mazda called this 'new'?? can't say a word more.
Jan 4th, 2008 11:56pm
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Ferrariguy Ferrariguy
They should revive the RX7
Jan 4th, 2008 9:22pm
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
AGREE WITH YOU COMPLETELY ohhh thank you for your soul lol what were they thinking when they made this car? seriously... people still buy this car, but if they made a TRUE successor to the RX-7... they'd get more sales
Jan 4th, 2008 10:58pm
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Suckio Suckio
Terrible... japanese! I thought Mazda has european designers?!
Jan 4th, 2008 9:12pm
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Marsman Marsman
I would Think this is a new model whatever I didn't know it had LEDs and did they change the glorious engine?
Jan 4th, 2008 8:59pm
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car.fan car.fan
Looks like a cheap third-party body kit to me =/
Jan 4th, 2008 8:48pm
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
This version also has much more pronounced side skirts and the dummy grills that trail the front wheel arches have been replaced for smaller items more like those BMW use on M models. Looks OK. This car has struggled to compete in the UK.
Jan 4th, 2008 8:01pm
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tony tony
the front looks gay
Jan 4th, 2008 7:20pm
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harcker harcker
the taillight is ugly!
Jan 4th, 2008 6:56pm
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Ahura Ahura
I prefer the current one. That is one perfect car. The nose is a big change and I don't really like the bigger headlights, grille and big holes in the bumper with ugly turninglights.
Jan 4th, 2008 6:28pm
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sapphirebooze sapphirebooze
Aint much of a difference. Ugly
Jan 4th, 2008 5:53pm
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