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  Mazda RX-8 Shinka Special

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2005
Numbers built:2150
Introduced at:2005 Chicago Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:February 21, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionCoinciding with the opening of the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda announced its RX-8 "Shinka" Special Edition is now available at local Mazda dealers. The Mazda RX-8 "Shinka" Special Edition takes its name from the Japanese word meaning "evolution" or "transformation," and adds design style and performance to the highly successful sportscar. Only 2,150 "Shinka" Special Edition cars will be produced.

The Mazda RX-8 "Shinka" will be available with either a six-speed manual or four-speed Sport A/T automatic transmission, featuring Formula One-style steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear shifting. Manual transmission-equipped cars are fitted with a 238-horsepower engine that spins to a heady 9000 rpm, while Sport A/T-equipped cars are powered by a 198-horsepower engine tuned specifically to take advantage of the automatic's gear ratios.

To further enhance driving performance and ride comfort, the RX-8 "Shinka" features a uniquely tuned suspension system, upgraded from the standard car. The system offers a foam urethane filled front suspension cross member and specially tuned dampers, while achieving improved body rigidity through reinforcing the top-front portion of the A-pillars and improving the stability of the rear damper mounting points.

The distinctiveness of the RX-8 "Shinka" extends to both the exterior and interior appointments of the vehicle. The car is offered only in a rich Black Cherry body color offset by a soft Parchment Tan leather interior. Among the exclusive exterior enhancements are semi-gloss bezels for the headlamps and rear combination lamps, as well as dark-silver gloss aluminium wheels. Also standard on the RX-8 "Shinka" is a 300-watt Bose sound system with in-dash six-disc CD changer. While many Mazda vehicles are pre-wired for SIRIUS satellite radio, "Shinka" models will be the first to be equipped as standard, as all cars will include a one-year subscription to SIRIUS.

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