Iconic RX-8 Limited Edition SPIRIT R in NZ

Mazda is excited to announce that the MAZDA RX-8 ‘SPIRIT R’ SPECIAL EDITION is now available in New Zealand.

In advance of Mazda RX-8 production ending in June 2012, SPIRIT R will be the final special edition model, offering a striking commemoration for Mazda’s iconic four door, four seater rotary engine sports car.

SPIRIT R is named after the final limited edition Mazda RX-7 and this pedigree is reflected in stylish features that include an exclusive Recaro seat design and custom 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R has a 6-speed manual transmission with exclusive features such as Bilstein sports suspension, distinctive red front and rear brake callipers.

Exterior features include 225/40 R19 89W tyres and 19-inch alloy wheels finished in stunning bronze with black centre cap.Front, side and rear spoilers improve aerodynamics and add street appeal. Black bezels within front and rear combination lamps and front fog lamps bring the race car to the fore and a SPIRIT R badge on C-pillar seals it in the Mazda history books.

The SPIRIT R is a sports car that means business with custom designed interior fittings. Distinctive SPIRIT R Recaro bucket seats are trimmed with black and red leather for effect. In addition, contrast red stitching on the steering wheel, gear shift, parking brake and door trim, set this RX-8 apart from the rest.

The limited edition RX-8 is available in three exterior colour options, Aluminium Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

This unique vehicle is available in very limited numbers and for the same price as the standard model at $56,695 plus on-road costs. Every new RX-8 Spirit R comes with mazdacare as standard, including 3-years/100,000km (whichever occurs first) Mazda Scheduled Servicing, 3-years unlimited kilometre Mazda Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance.

Mazda’ Rotary Engine History

1961 Jul
1967 May
1968 Jul
1969 Oct
1970 May
1971 Sep
1972 Nov
1973 Jun
1975 Apr
1975 Oct
1977 Jul
1977 Oct
1978 Mar
1978 Nov
1981 Nov
1986 Apr
1986 Sep
1990 Apr
1991 Jun
1991 Dec
2002 Mar
2003 Apr
2008 Sep
2012 Feb
Signs a technical contract with NSU and Wankel
Announces the completion of the rotary engine and introduces the Cosmo Sport 110S
Introduces the Familia Rotary Coupe/Mazda R100
Introduces the Luce Rotary Coupe/Mazda R130 Coupe
Introduces the Capella Rotary/Mazda RX-2 series
Introduces the Savanna Rotary/Mazda RX-3 is introduced
Introduces the Luce Rotary/Mazda RX-4 series
Cumulative production of rotary engine vehicles reaches 500,000 units
Introduces the Roadpacer
Introduces the Cosmo AP/Mazda RX-5
Introduces the Cosmo L (Landau top)
Introduces the Luce Legato/Mazda 929L
Introduces the Savanna RX-7/Mazda RX-7
Cumulative production of rotary engine cars reaches 1 million units
Introduces the new Cosmo and Luce/Mazda 929 rotary series
Cumulative production of rotary engine vehicles reaches 1.5 million units
Introduces the fully redesigned Luce
Introduces the Eunos Cosmo featuring a three-rotor rotary engine
The Mazda 787B wins the 59th Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race
Introduces the fully redesigned RX-7
Introduces the SPIRIT R final limited edition Mazda RX-7
Introduces the Mazda RX-8
Introduces the facelift Mazda RX-8
Introduces the SPIRIT R final limited edition Mazda RX-8

BT-50 commercialcare disclaimer

** is also available to new BT-50 owners where every scheduled service completed by Mazda specialist technicians for a 3 year/100,000km term (whichever wherever occurs first) will cost no more than $200 (incl. GST) per service for models built after 1 November 2012. *** 3,350kg applies to earlier models.

* whichever occurs first