The Upgraded Mazda RX-8 | Part Three

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Premium Cabin with even More Comfort

Minor enhancements were made for the new Mazda RX-8 to provide a simple and functional interior design that supports driving pleasure.  The instrument panel was redesigned to give a feeling of dynamic movement, with a variable red-zone added to the tachometer that will rise as the engine comes to operating temperature and a new steering wheel, plus redesigned front and rear seats.

An extremely low cabin floor allows the seats to be mounted low in the chassis, which, along with a low instrument cluster cowling and bonnet, allows a low centre of gravity and provides outstanding visibility.  Mazda designers concentrated on the shape of the front seat backs and the rear seat cushions to ensure enhanced rear-seat knee room.  The front seat mounting-rails are also repositioned to allow maximum foot room for rear-seat passengers.

The rotary design element is incorporated throughout the interior of the RX-8 in creative ways, while the stylish cabin also evokes a sense of luxury and high-end quality.  Mazda’s design team examined every aspect and component of the interior and created an elegant, driver‑centric atmosphere.  Through the use of advanced ergonomic research, Mazda engineers determined that improper seating posture is a major cause of driver fatigue and built in optimum support in the front seats to help offset discomfort.

In addition, the colour of the Mazda RX-8’s instrument cluster was developed to reduce eye strain. The premium feel of the new Mazda RX-8 extends to the inclusion of latest technology features such as a 300-watt Bose audio system with Centerpoint surround sound and AudioPilot noise compensation technology, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and auto sensing xenon headlights and windscreen wipers.

The Revolutionary Award-winner

Launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8 hit the global market with a serious bang.  The RX-8 has won more than 50 global awards since its release including 2003 RJC Car of the Year in Japan, Australia's Wheels magazine's Car of the Year for 2003, 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2004 Singapore Car of the Year, the 2004 U.S. Best Sports Car and UK Car of the Year 2004.  It was also named on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2004, 2005, and 2006.  All together, Mazda has sold nearly 167,000 RX-8s around the world.

Published 13 January 2008 Melanie Carter

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