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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 that costs $25,000, making it the cheapest non-collector's edition car, and is available from the beginning of the game.

It can be selected as a starting vehicle in the career mode alongside two other cars. Compared to the other choices, it has the slowest acceleration, meaning that it will struggle on straight tracks, but compensates for it with superior handling performance that makes quick and steady cornering possible.

In Drift events, it tends to have twitchy steering when driven at a low speed, often forcing players to downshift to regain speed.

A modified RX-8 must be used in the bronze tier canyon race event within the challenge series.

Bonus

A bonus Mazda RX-8, for use in Quick Race events, can be unlocked by visiting and purchasing it from a Mazda Dealership found in the Billings District of Downtown Palmont. The bonus RX-8 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].

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 and Layla 6.

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.

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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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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Engine
Top Speed Rating 4%  Acceleration Rating 4%  Handling Rating 0%
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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Forced Induction
Top Speed Rating 3%  Acceleration Rating 3%  Handling Rating 0%
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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Transmission
Top Speed Rating 4%  Acceleration Rating 3%  Handling Rating 2%
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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Suspension
Top Speed Rating 2%  Acceleration Rating 2%  Handling Rating 4%
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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Brakes
Top Speed Rating 0%  Acceleration Rating 0%  Handling Rating 4%
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Amerikon Speedsystems
1 Star Rating
Amerikon Speedsystems
Tuned Tyres
Top Speed Rating 2%  Acceleration Rating 3%  Handling Rating 4%
Class C Car 496 NFSWRedVariantIcon.png
Aftermarket Parts Standard Body Stock Spoiler Stock Hood Stock Wheels No Neon Stock Window Tint Default Ride Height Default Licence Plate TopSpeedIcon2.png 420 AccelIcon2.png 625 HandlingIcon2.png 445
Skill Mods None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped 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 Class D Car 381 NFSWBlueVariantIcon.png
Aftermarket Parts Standard Body Stock Spoiler Stock Hood Stock Wheels No Neon Stock Window Tint Default Ride Height Default Licence Plate TopSpeedIcon2.png 229 AccelIcon2.png 512 HandlingIcon2.png 402
Skill Mods None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped None Equipped 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.

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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Engine
Top Speed Rating 7%  Acceleration Rating 7%  Handling Rating 0%
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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Forced Induction
Top Speed Rating 4%  Acceleration Rating 4%  Handling Rating 0%
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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Transmission
Top Speed Rating 7%  Acceleration Rating 4%  Handling Rating 3%
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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Suspension
Top Speed Rating 3%  Acceleration Rating 3%  Handling Rating 7%
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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Brakes
Top Speed Rating 0%  Acceleration Rating 0%  Handling Rating 4%
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Gromlen
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Gromlen
Tuned Tyres
Top Speed Rating 3%  Acceleration Rating 4%  Handling Rating 7%
Class B Car 549 ArtDirectorEditionIcon2.png
Aftermarket Parts NFSWBodykitIcon.png
NFSWBodykitIcon.png Bodykit
Verge Wide
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Q-Tech Carbon Fibre
Stock Hood NFSWManufacturer HRE.png
NFSWWheels HRE A19.png HRE
Style A 19"
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NFSWNeon Red.png Lumox
Red Neon
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Lumox Window Tint
Smoke Blackout
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NFSWLoweringKitStage3.png Lowering Kit
Stage 3
Default Licence Plate TopSpeedIcon2.png 507 AccelIcon2.png 677 HandlingIcon2.png 465
Skill Mods WorldSkillNitrousPower.png
Need for Speed
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Super Shot
Nitrous Power
14%
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Need for Speed
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Super Shot
Nitrous Power
14%
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Need for Speed
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Extended NOS
Nitrous Duration
19%
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Need for Speed
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Extended NOS
Nitrous Duration
19%
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Need for Speed
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Socialite
Race Cash
9%
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.

Gallery

References


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