X

New Mazda RX-8 gets angry

Mazda's RX-8, the four-door "coupe" with a rotary engine, has been fed some angry pills during its recent facelift.

eb9bd7634bba9eb948x48.jpg
eb9bd7634bba9eb948x48.jpg

Derek Fung

See full bio
mazda-rx-8_1.jpg
1 of 6

Mazda's RX-8, the four-door "coupe" with a rotary engine, has been fed some angry pills during its recent facelift.

Did you pack your angry eyes?
Visually the biggest changes are up front with more rectangular headlights and a more aggressive "face". The vent behind the front wheel arches has also been changed from a vertical column to a triangular shape.

mazda-rx-8_2.jpg
2 of 6

Suicide doors
The car's rear-hinged or "freestyle" miniature back doors remain. These are commonly referred to as suicide doors because, in the early years of motorised transport, rear-hinged doors would occasionally fly open at high-speed or during enthusiastic cornering, potentially, propelling the non-seat-belted occupants out onto the rushing tarmac below.

The pillar that normally connects the floor to the ceiling at the rear edge of the front doors is not present on the RX-8. This means that the front doors are latched onto the rear doors when closed, thereby preventing the suicide element. It also allows for easier ingress and egress for rear passengers as the front doors have to be opened first and there is no metal obstruction.


mazda-rx-8_3.jpg
3 of 6

Rotary powered
Hidden under an anonymous black plastic shroud is another unique RX-8 element, its rotary engine. Compared to a traditional piston car engine, it is more compact and, arguably, smoother. From its rather meagre 1.3 litres it punches out 170kW when paired with a six-speed manual or 158kW when connected to a six-speed automatic. However, it is torque or pulling power poor, delivering just 211 Newton-metres, requiring drivers to rev the engine hard for swift progress.

mazda-rx-8_4.jpg
4 of 6

LED lights
At the rear, the updated RX-8 gains afterburner-style LED tail-lights.

mazda-rx-8_5.jpg
5 of 6

Mmm piano black
There are three trim levels: a base model for AU$49,720, the AU$55,520 Luxury, and AU$57,625 GT. The Luxury (pictured here) gains a sunroof, Bose sound system and leather trim over the entry-level model.

mazda-rx-8_6.jpg
6 of 6

A reminder
Here's a reminder of what the RX-8 looked like prior to its emo update.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

81 Photos
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Is a Seriously Efficient Truck

More Galleries

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Is a Seriously Efficient Truck

25 Photos
The 40 Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
2023 Honda HR-V Is Uglier but Improved

More Galleries

2023 Honda HR-V Is Uglier but Improved

72 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games

More Galleries

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2022 Chevy Silverado Is a High-Class Super Cruiser

More Galleries

2022 Chevy Silverado Is a High-Class Super Cruiser

34 Photos