Mazda RX8 is chocolate brown and brown in China

Mazda RX8 is chocolate brown and brown in China

A very racy Mazda RX8 sportmachine, Spotted in China on the Wufang Tianya Automobile Parts City in Beijing, just days after I met a scary red RX8 on the nearby Beijing Tuning Street. The good Mazda was wrapped in chocolate brown and brown, and further maddened up by a fatass body kit, lowered suspension, a super low front spoiler, vents in the bonnet, and slick-like tires with 6-spoke matte black alloys.

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Interior looked bog standard, but ‘standard’ is crazy enough in this car!

The Mazda RX8 was manufactured from 2003 until 2012, with a major update in 2009. This is an original pre-update example. The RX8 was never officially imported into China but fans of the brand managed to import quite a few cars via the misty gray dealer-to-dealer market, mostly from dealers on the U.S. West Coast.

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Subtle wing on the back. Black rear lights. Not-so subtle exhaust pipes. License plate is almost perfect. The RX8 is powered by a unique 1.3 liter Wankel rotary engine, in its most powerful configuration good for 247hp and 9000 rpm (!), mated to a six-speed manual, sending power to the rear wheels. Staff of the shop told me this particular car had some 300hp and a 275km/h top speed. Speedy brownie!

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[update] The same car was also spotted by Reader MB4Ever (thank you!) in the Sanlitun embassy district in down town Beijing, looking very hot parked in this trendy-trendy restaurant area. [/update]

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And the RX8 madness didn’t end there. I found yet another example in another part of the market. It was basically standard except for the lowered suspension, tires, and matte gold nine-spoke alloys. She was also in urgent need of some serious maintenance, check that front-wheel arch!

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What about a brown wrap, with some gold..?

3 thoughts on “Mazda RX8 is chocolate brown and brown in China”

  1. The more interesting element of the first picture is the “Shanghai Edition” Phoenix bicycle in the foreground… those are actually quite rare….

    As for the RX8, I am not sure having Japanese text on the side of the passenger idea would be such a good idea in Beijing….:)

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