Mazda RX-8 RS Facelift Photos Released (JA)

Mazda RX-8 RS Facelift
Mazda RX-8 RS Facelift

Ahead of Tokyo Auto Salon debut

Ahead of Tokyo Auto Salon debut

The facelifted Mazda RX-8 will be on show at the Detroit Auto Show (starting this Sunday) but this Friday the sportier Mazda RX-8 RS, also facelifted, will make its appearance at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Ahead of that show Mazda has released two images.

Mazda released no accompanying text so official specs will remain under wraps until the press conference in Tokyo tomorrow. What we can say is that the facelift comprises of new, sharper and sportier front fascia. The air-intakes have grown on each side of the five-point grille, and the foglights which are incororated there are smaller and no longer round.

At the bottom of the new bumper we see a splitter with small flaps which increase stability and the airflow to the wheels and brakes. Also the RX-8 RS sits on 19 inch wheels and features a rear spoiler, neither of which is likely to make it to the regular RX-8 facelift.

The revised RX-8 is mainly meant for the US and Japan, but Europe may still see the new RX-8 in showrooms. MotorAuthority has more low resolution photos which will most likely be officially released tomorrow. Stay tuned for more official information.

Source: Mazda
Published Jan 10th, 2008 4:49pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen
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maomario maomario
UGLY !!! !!!
Jan 26th, 2008 10:23pm
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joelynn joelynn
new front too fussy (only RS version) but new rear lights are nice
Jan 11th, 2008 6:24pm
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skychao skychao
i liked the old rear lights more, it had a more special look to it. now its like other cars with 4 circles in the back. the old one had lines and circles and curves and stuff XD
Jan 12th, 2008 11:04am
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Herr.Bugno Herr.Bugno
I guess because of the four doors the rear windows cannot be designed any different ...
Jan 11th, 2008 4:19pm
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Carfanone Carfanone
The RX-8's ugly shaped rear windows still need to be restyled. The rest of the car is quite nice. I especially like the look of the aggressive new front bumper.
Jan 11th, 2008 3:09pm
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cayenne cayenne
meh, not much better than before yeah that right not much better booroooo
Jan 11th, 2008 11:27am
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Blaconque Blaconque
i like it actually ... but still not like the one before ...this one have a nice EVIL looking but that is not enough
Jan 11th, 2008 8:03am
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I bet he has a mini cooper
Jan 11th, 2008 2:19am
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Herr.Bugno Herr.Bugno
Oh no, I have a 2004 RX-8, but this one is just too much for me! ;-)
Jan 10th, 2008 11:47pm
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Herr.Bugno Herr.Bugno
Thank Ahura Mazda that this is only the japanese RS-version! There is still hope that the normal version will be launched without these sorry racing gadgets ....
Jan 10th, 2008 11:08pm
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adriannedelcu23 adriannedelcu23
If you don't like those 'racing gadgets' you're better off with a Merc E klass Herr.Bugno!
Jan 10th, 2008 11:43pm
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jandrews90 jandrews90
meh, not much better than before
Jan 10th, 2008 10:14pm
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