Well, it does make sense to update your cars in your home market first, so the updates to the Mazda RX-8 for the Japanese market announced today are almost certain to come to UK cars before long. Just like the updates Mazda made to the MX-5 in Japan were followed by updates to the Mazda MX-5 UK spec car shortly after.
Despite the fact that the Mazda RX-8 is not the best-selling car in the world, it does have an awful lot going for it. It’s good to drive, its Wankel engine is very powerful and it has some great touches, like the suicide-opening half-doors for easy access to the back seats. And Mazda do push the boundaries with the RX-8. They are running Hydrogen-powered RX-8s in Japan, and have recently supplied Hydrogen powered RX-8s to Norway for their ‘Hydrogen-Highway’ project, which is making a stretch of road between Stavangar and Oslo a Hydrogen-Fuel friendly place to drive.
So what updates have Mazda made to the RX-8? Well, they’ve added two new colours to the range – Aluminium Metallic and Metropolitan Grey Mica – and added an audio-less base model to the range. But they’ve also thrown in some extra kit as standard, such as auto-lights and auto-wipers, keyless entry and push-button start.
Nothing startling, but it’s good to see Mazda adding extra equipment to make the Mazda RX-8 even more appealing.