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The Mazda RX-8 (SE3P) was released in early 2003 as a successor to the Mazda RX-7. It was redesigned in 2009 as the Mazda RX-8 (R3).

Unlike its predecessor, the Mazda RX-8 is a four-seater and comes with fixed headlights. The RX-8 was designed to be more practical for everyday use than the RX-7.

Games

Need for Speed: Underground 2

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Underground 2, and is unlocked upon the player completing URL event 9 within stage 4 of the career.

It is a well-rounded car with exceptional handling, good acceleration and modest top speed. When fully upgraded, it retains its driving traits albeit with improved top speed and goes head-to-head against its older brother; the RX-7.

Unlock Complete URL Race 9 in Stage 4
0 - 60 mph 0 - 100 mph Top Speed Torque Power
Stock 5.97 seconds 15.89 seconds 148.0 mph (238 km/h) 158.5 ft-lb 237.4 bhp
Fully Upgraded 3.38 seconds 8.04 seconds 216.0 mph (348 km/h) 269.9 ft-lb 476.6 bhp

Need for Speed: Underground Rivals

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Underground Rivals and can be purchased for $48,000.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, costs $32,000, and is unlocked upon defeating Blacklist racer #12 - Izzy. In the Game Boy Advance release, it can be bought for 2,500 rep points.

It lacks in terms of acceleration, but also comes with overall good handling and a relatively high top speed.

Mia's

Mia Townsend drives a red RX-8 with a unique white tribal livery.

Izzy's

Isabel "Izzy" Diaz drives a grey and red RX-8 with a unique vinyl that can be unlocked from a pink slip marker.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 and can be purchased for $32,000 after the player defeats Izzy.

Need for Speed: Carbon

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as a tier 1 tuner class car.

It has slow acceleration, meaning that it will struggle along straights, but compensates for it with superior handling performance that makes quick and consistent cornering possible.

Stock

The stock RX-8 is unlocked for purchase in the Career mode from the beginning and is offered as the start car for the tuner career path.

In any career path, it can be purchased from any Car Lot for 25,000 cash.

NFSC Mazda RX8 Stock.jpg
CarbonTunerIcon.png Tuner Tier 1
Stock: 25,000 cash
Top Speed 2.3
Acceleration 2.0
Handling 4.2

Bonus

The bonus RX-8 is available for use in Quick Race from the beginning of the game.

NFSC Mazda RX8 BonusChallenge.jpg
CarbonTunerIcon.png Tuner Tier 1
Bonus
Top Speed 3.1
Acceleration 7.2
Handling 5.0

Bonus (Revved)

The bonus RX-8 "Revved" is available for use in Quick Race in the PC release. it is unlocked by typing the cheat code "speed3foryou" at the main menu, entering the Mazda Dealership Car Lot found in Billings District, Downtown Palmont, and purchasing it for 0 cash.

It is based on an RX-8 that appeared in Revved, a short-lived graphic novel by Top Cow, which included a reprint released in 2006 following a 2006 San Diego Comic Con exclusive cover release[1], and a cancelled television series that was in pre-production at Fox Television Studios[2].

NFSC Mazda RX8 BonusRevved.jpg
CarbonTunerIcon.png Tuner Tier 1
Bonus
Top Speed 3.1
Acceleration 7.2
Handling 5.0

Sal's

Sal drives an RX-8 as part of the crew in the tuner career path of the Career mode, if the player drives a tier 1 car.

NFSC Mazda RX8 CrewSal.jpg
CarbonTunerIcon.png Tuner Tier 1
Crew Member
Top Speed 2.3
Acceleration 2.0
Handling 4.2

Yumi's

Yumi drives an RX-8 as part of the crew in the Career mode, if the player drives a tier 1 car.

NFSC Mazda RX8 CrewYumi.jpg
CarbonTunerIcon.png Tuner Tier 1
Crew Member
Top Speed 2.3
Acceleration 2.0
Handling 4.2

Need for Speed Carbon: Own The City

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City, and is unlocked upon defeating Layla 3. It is also driven by Layla 1, Layla 6 and Turtle.

Need for Speed: ProStreet

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a tier 2 vehicle that costs $28,000 and is available from the beginning of the game.

It is best suited for Grip and Drift events. It is less useful in Speed and Drag events as it reaches its maximum revs too quickly and lacks a high top speed.

Need for Speed: Undercover

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Undercover as a tier 4 vehicle that costs $22,000 and is unlocked upon the player reaching Wheelman Level 2.5. It appears in the PlayStation 2 and Wii releases with a price tag of $37,000.

It is one of the slowest accelerating cars although it also possesses sharp and grippy handling.

Need for Speed: Shift

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a tier 1 vehicle with a 3.20 car rating and costs $27,000. It is unlocked from the beginning and is capable of a Works conversion.

It lacks in straight-line performance, but offers great handling traits.

Shift 2: Unleashed

The RX-8 appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern class car that costs $20,600 with a D 320 performance rating and a 2.72 handling rating.

If the player swaps its engine in favour of a tri-rotor version, it will receive significantly improved acceleration at the expense of oversteer in corners.

Team Need for Speed

The Team Need for Speed edition is unlocked upon reaching driver level 5. It is powered by a 20B tri-rotor engine with an A 1505 performance rating and a 3.94 handling rating.

Need for Speed: World

The RX-8 was made available in Need for Speed: World on February 14, 2012 as a tier 1 car following its announcement on episode 58 of Ask Marc. Since August 22, 2012, it had been featured as a D class vehicle.

It is a competitive class D car with powerful acceleration as its best trait, which came at the cost of poor nitrous power. The handling traits were similar to that of the 1995 Mazda RX-7 and allowed it to lose little speed through corners, despite being slightly heavier than the RX-7.

It is a useful all rounder for racing even when put in class A after upgrading. It could not be upgraded to class S.

Stock: 381 (D class) Maximum: 641 (A class)

Red

The Red style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs SpeedBoost2300. It was made available on February 14, 2012.

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Performance Parts
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StreetBeigeForcedInduction.png
StreetBeigeTransmission.png
StreetBeigeSuspension.png
StreetBeigeBrakes.png
StreetBeigeTyres.png
Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class C Car 496
TopSpeedIcon2.png 420
AccelIcon2.png 625
HandlingIcon2.png 445
NFSWRedVariantIcon.png
Standard
SpeedBoost2300

Blue

The Blue style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs Dollar icon.png349,000, and was initially released on November 14, 2012.

On June 28, 2015, its price was lowered from Dollar icon.png600,000 as part of the End of the World event.

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Performance Parts
Stock Engine
Stock Forced Induction
Stock Transmission
Stock Suspension
Stock Brakes
Stock Tyres
Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class D Car 381
TopSpeedIcon2.png 229
AccelIcon2.png 512
HandlingIcon2.png 402
NFSWBlueVariantIcon.png
Standard
Dollar icon.png349,000

Renesis

The Renesis style is an art director car that costs SpeedBoost2600. It was released on March 27, 2012.

It is fitted with tuned quality Gromlen performance parts, 2-star Skill Mods, and a selection of aftermarket parts.

NFSW Mazda RX-8 2003 Renesis.jpg
Performance Parts
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RaceBeigeForcedInduction.png
RaceBeigeTransmission.png
RaceBeigeSuspension.png
RaceBeigeBrakes.png
RaceBeigeTyres.png
Aftermarket Parts
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Stock Hood
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NFSWNeon Red.png
NFSWWindowTint Black.png
NFSWLoweringKitStage3.png
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
WorldSkillNitrousPower.png
WorldSkillNitrousPower.png
WorldSkillExtendedNOS.png
WorldSkillExtendedNOS.png
WorldSkillPursuitSocialitie.png
Class B Car 549
TopSpeedIcon2.png 507
AccelIcon2.png 677
HandlingIcon2.png 465
ArtDirectorEditionIcon2.png
Art Director
SpeedBoost2600

Need for Speed: Duel

The RX-8 (2006) appears in Need for Speed: Duel.

Need for Speed: Edge

The RX-8 appears in Need for Speed: Edge.

Trivia

  • If the player chooses the RX-8 as their starting vehicle in the career mode of Need for Speed: Carbon, the crew members Sal and Yumi will also drive one.
  • In Need for Speed: ProStreet, players can select three special Mazda RX-8s for three race modes.
  • The Mazda RX-8 appears as a North American specification model in all games.

Gallery

References


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