Mazda RX-8 (2003) at The Need for Speed Wiki – Need for Speed series information

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Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8


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 RX-8 is a four-seat coupe with fixed headlights. The RX-8 is known to be more practical for-everyday use, although its Wankel engine gives it lower fuel economy than other vehicles.


Underground Series Edit

The RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: Underground 2 and is unlocked upon the player reaching stage 4. They have to complete the ninth URL race to obtain the car.

The Mazda RX-8 is purchaseable for $48,000 in Need for Speed: Underground Rivals .

It is an all around car with moderate speed, acceleration and handling. Need for Speed: Underground 2 players may find this car very effective during stage 4, but may want to swap it for a more powerful car such as the Mazda RX-7 .

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Edit

The Mazda RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and is unlocked for the player upon defeating Blacklist Driver #12 – Izzy. It is purchaseable for $32,000. In the Game Boy Advance release and can be bought for 2,500 rep points.

It is prone to understeer in most corners and is heavily relied on braking. The RX-8 is an underwhelming vehicle compared to cars within its unlock range.

The Mazda RX-8 is driven by two story characters; Mia Townsend and Blacklist racer Izzy, whose car can be obtained as a pink slip.

Need for Speed: Carbon Edit

The RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: Carbon as a Tier 1 starting car for the Tuner category and is purchaseable for $25,000. It is unlocked after defeating Layla 3 in Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City .

It is depicted in the game to lack in power compared to the other two cars at the beginning of the career mode. However, it can be very useful in corners and for drifting due to its superior handling. The RX-8 with stock performance can drift well in second and third gear.

It does feel twitchy in Drift mode when driven at a low speed. Players might have to switch to second gear often to gain more speed.

Players can unlock a special Mazda RX-8 for use in Quick Race events by visiting and purchasing it from a Mazda Dealership found in the Billings District of Downtown Palmont.

The player has to drive a modified RX-8 in a bronze tier Canyon Race within the Challenge Series. The same vehicle can be driven by the player in Quick Race events.

Need for Speed: ProStreet Edit

The RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a Tier 2 vehicle, costing $28,000 and is unlocked by default.

It is best suited for Grip and Drift events but not Speed or Drag events as it reaches its maximum revs too quickly as well as lacking a high top speed.

The RX-8 performs better with a modified engine to compensate for the lack of power in stock form.

Need for Speed: Undercover Edit

The RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: Undercover as a Tier 4 vehicle. It is unlocked for purchase upon the player reaching Wheelman Level 2.5.

The RX-8 follows similar traits as its appearance in Need for Speed: Carbon and is one of the slowest accelerating cars with a low top speed (188 mph/303 kmh) although it is noted for possessing a sharp and grippy handling.

Shift Series Edit

Mazda RX-8

The RX-8 is featured in Need for Speed: Shift as a Tier 1 vehicle with a car rating of 3.20 and a price tag of $27,000. It is unlocked by default and is capable of a Works conversion.

In Shift 2: Unleashed. it is featured as a Modern D vehicle with a performance rating of D and costs $20,600. The game also features a modified variant of the car known as the Team Need for Speed Mazda RX-8. It is classed as a performance category A car and is primarily designed for drifting.

This variant has a 20B tri-rotor engine swap by default.

The standard RX-8 in both instalments is mostly suitable for drift and circuit events containing tricky corners as it seems to lack power. By swapping its engine with a tri-rotor unit in Shift 2: Unleashed, the RX-8 will be prone to oversteer in corners. This effect might be beneficial for drifting, but is also useless for competitive racing.

Need for Speed: World Edit

The Mazda RX-8 was revealed as an upcoming addition to Need for Speed: World ‘s car dealership in episode 58 [1] of Ask Marc. It was made available as a Tier 1 car on February 14th, 2012. Since August 22nd, 2012, it has been featured as a Class C vehicle.

A stock variant with a Class D rating was made purchaseable for in-game cash on November 14th, 2012.

The Class C RX-8 is upgraded with Amerikon Speedsystems street tuned parts. It has an overall rating of 496 and costs 2,300. The standard version has an overall rating of 381 and costs 600,000.

The RX-8 is a competitive Class D car with a powerful acceleration as its best trait, which comes at the cost of poor nitrous power. The handling traits of the RX-8 are similar to that of the 1995 Mazda RX-7 and allow it to turn quickly without losing much speed in corners, despite being slightly heavier than the RX-7. Top speed is 135 mph (217 kmh) with no parts.

The Class A variant is capable of 165 mph (266 kmh).

The RX-8 is suitable for every race type in the game and does not become less competitive in Class A after upgrading it with more effective parts. It cannot be upgraded to Class S.

An Art Director variant – Renesis – featuring Gromlen race tuned parts was released on March 27th, 2012. The Renesis is customised with a body kit and a black and charcoal paint job, which sports the number 13. Its top speed was increased to 167 mph (269 kmh).

It is also customised with a series of aftermarket parts and two-star rated skill mods. The Renesis has an overall rating of 549 and was purchaseable for 2,600 until December 3rd, 2012.

Trivia Edit

Yumi. a recruitable crew member in Need for Speed: Carbon, drives a Mazda RX-8 with a Bushido paint job.

In Need for Speed: ProStreet, players can select a special RX-8 for Race Day mode.

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