New Mazda RX-8 coming in July

With the current RX-8 selling since 2003, it's about time for an update. A new 'revitalised' Mazda RX-8 is expected for Australian delivery early in the second half of 2008.
2009 Mazda RX-8
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It's not just a facelift though, the new RX-8 also comes with a heap of mechanical upgrades to keep its fan base happy. The RX-8 is still the world's only rotary-powered four-door sports car.

Mazda Australia today confirmed that the new RX-8 range will be available in three different variants – one of those will wear a sexy GT badge.

"The Mazda RX-8 is a special car, both to us and in the automotive world, and there's a palpable excitement in the lead-up to the new model," said Mazda Managing Director Doug Dickson. "It's like one long night before Christmas!"

2009 Mazda RX-8

The new Mazda RX-8 GT will be the hero car for the Japanese brand and will land in Australian dealerships by July. With newly modified sports suspension with light-weight 19-inch wheels as well as a whole range of modifications to the RX-8's RENESIS rotary engine, the new RX-8 should keep the sales flowing before an all-new model arrives in the next few years.

So far Mazda has sold 170,000 RX-8s worldwide, which is not surprising given it's the only rotary sports car available. The RX-8's unique RENESIS rotary power-plant revs all the way up to 9,000rpm for an exhilarating drive.

2009 Mazda RX-8

Mazda's plan was to keep true to the original formula and not mess around too much, instead putting more emphasis on performance and styling.

Does the new RX-8 look different enough to keep rotary fans interested?

You can find more information on the new RX-8 here.