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Reprieve! End of Mazda RX-8 pushed back by extra 1,000 units

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 27th, 2012

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2012 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R

And now for some good news from Mazda: it is doubling the run of its limited edition RX-8 Spirit R, adding 1,000 more units to production due to demand. Announced late last year, this Japan-only model celebrates the end of the RX-8′s nine-year existence. The final Wankel-engined four-door is scheduled to roll off the line in June.

The Spirit R doesn’t skimp on the extra trim bits inside and out, with larger brakes clamped by red calipers, piano-black transmission tunnel trim, Recaro Sprint R bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an enhanced traction control system among the bonus features.

Both automatic and manual transmissions are offered, but takers have gone decisively for the row-your-own cogswapper, making up 66 percent of orders. Compared to the automatic, they receive larger 19-inch wheels on lower profile tires, a “hard suspension,” alloy pedals and aero bits. Hit the jump for the press release with more details.

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Reprieve! End of Mazda RX-8 pushed back by extra 1,000 units originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How Forza 4 recorded the Mazda 787B, its loudest car ever

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 30th, 2012

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Forza 4 records Mazda 787B race car

In the Forza Motorsport 4 vs. Gran Turismo 5 debate, no one questions Forza’s commitment to genuine engine noise. Normally, the Turn 10 sound engineers use Dyno Authority in a business and residential area of Seattle to record their cars’ sounds, but when it came to the 1991 Mazda 787B that was unleashed in February’s ALMS DLC, the Le Mans-winning racer was just too loud.

In fact, the 700-horsepower 2.7-liter Wankel-engined legend with four rotors and its continuously variable intake was the loudest car that Forza engineers have ever caught on mic. Look below to watch a video on how they did it.

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How Forza 4 recorded the Mazda 787B, its loudest car ever originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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