Leaked: Mazda RX-8 Facelift

 Leaked: Mazda RX-8 Facelift
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.

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

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UGLY UGLY UGLY!! everybody say this ... so mazda must change your mind !!!! !!!!! i think you go crazy !!
Jan 26, 2008 3:08 pm
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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 7, 2008 8:01 am
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Wait til you see the western version, those scans are likely to depict an optional body/performance kit Mugen style.
Jan 7, 2008 1:46 am
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Other than the slight difference in tail lights, it looks practically the same to me :/, not liking those rims though, or that spoiler.
Jan 6, 2008 1:29 am
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not an improvement in any way. How big is the engine? Could it fit in a Mazda2? now that would be a classic
Jan 5, 2008 11:49 am
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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 5, 2008 6:23 am
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calling this new is wrong but u want the truth... its much pretier
Jan 5, 2008 1:22 am
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They should have got Pininfarina to freshen it up
Jan 4, 2008 8:58 pm
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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 4, 2008 8:57 pm
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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 4, 2008 8:55 pm
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Exactly, they should revive the RX-7. That would be awesome.
Jan 4, 2008 8:19 pm
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.......... mazda called this 'new'?? can't say a word more.
Jan 4, 2008 4:56 pm
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They should revive the RX7
Jan 4, 2008 2:22 pm
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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 4, 2008 3:58 pm
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Terrible... japanese! I thought Mazda has european designers?!
Jan 4, 2008 2:12 pm
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I would Think this is a new model whatever I didn't know it had LEDs and did they change the glorious engine?
Jan 4, 2008 1:59 pm
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Looks like a cheap third-party body kit to me =/
Jan 4, 2008 1:48 pm
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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 4, 2008 1:01 pm
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the front looks gay
Jan 4, 2008 12:20 pm
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the taillight is ugly!
Jan 4, 2008 11:56 am
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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 4, 2008 11:28 am
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