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Japan Gets Anniversary Edition RX-8

Mazda celebrates 40 years of rotary engines with this special edition RX-8

By JohnnyQ / Thursday, August 09, 2007

All 200 units will be sold in Japan

All 200 units will be sold in Japan

Mazda is celebrating the 40

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anniversary of its rotary engine with this special edition RX-8. Limited to just 200 units, the ingeniously titled β€˜RX-8 Rotary Engine 40

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Anniversary’ pays homage to the Cosmo Sport, Mazda’s first rotary-engined car.

In addition to the marble white paintwork, each car features keyless entry, special anniversary badging, 18in chrome wheels and a unique black and silver alcantara interior. Performance remains unchanged from the standard RX-8’s 228bhp output, but Mazda says it has improved the

Interior gets bespoke black and silver alcantara trim

Interior gets bespoke black and silver alcantara trim

car’s ride and handling by fitting Bilstein dampers and a foam-filled front cross member.

A worthy tribute, but unfortunately the car is only on sale in Japan where it costs the equivalent of £13,000 and is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto ‘box.

'67 Cosmo Sport: the original rotary-engined Mazda

'67 Cosmo Sport: the original rotary-engined Mazda

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