|Mazda RX-8 Concept (Type-I) '01|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec|
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||272 BHP|
|Performance Points||447 PP|
|Weight||1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb)|
"Powered by the new RE Renesis engine. The RX-8 concept car just before mass production."
Mazda embarked on a new frontier when it introduced the RX-8 in March 2002. As the spiritual successor to the RX-7, it possessed rotary power, excellent handling and a stylish sports-car body, but what made the RX-8 unique were its four doors. The idea of this 4-door sports car concept first appeared in RX-EVOLV shown at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show.
Unlike the RX-7, the rotary engine in the RX-8 was naturally aspirated. Dubbed the Renesis, it wasn't as powerful as the old 13B, but burned cleaner than its predecessor, and revved higher, red lining at 9000 rpm. Output was rated at 247 HP and 159.1 ft-lb for the 5-speed manual and 207 HP and 163.4 ft-lb for the 4-speed automatic. The RX-8's power-to-weight ratio was also impressive at 0.19 HP/kg.
Mazda wanted to broaden the appeal of its rotary image car, so it opened up the cabin to accommodate four passengers comfortably. The truly innovative part came when Mazda designers adopted rear doors into the design, without the need for a B-pillar. Thus the doors swung open to reveal a large uncluttered opening for passengers to slide in and out. The RX-8 retained the sporty handling dynamic of the RX-7, thanks in part to its stiff center-tunnel chassis design, its 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, and extremely fun-to-drive nature. It truly was a sports car with four doors, but because it lacked the excitement of the RX-7, it wasn't as popular with hard-core driving enthusiasts and racers.
This car can be purchased for 65,000 Credits. It is a simplified car. Like in GT5, it only comes in Red.
As a Standard car, the Mazda RX-8 Concept (Type-I) '01 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 64,951 Credits. It is a Level 5 car. Like in GTPSP, it only comes in Red.
This car can be purchased for 500,000 Credits. Like in GT4, it only comes in Red.
This car can only be obtained by winning the Tsukuba Wet Race on Easy. The Silver, Blue, Black, and White color schemes have been removed, leaving Red as the only one available.
This car, as simply the Mazda RX-8, is showcased but not for sale in the Mazda dealership. It must be won by winning one of the following events:
- The Gran Turismo World Championship, in the Amateur League section. It has a chance of 1/4 (25% of probability) to come as a prize car.
- The Race of NA Sports, in the Amateur League section.
It comes in 5 colors: Red, Silver, Blue, Black, and White.