(from Mazda Press
Release) Coinciding with the opening of the 2005 Chicago
Auto Show, Mazda today announced its RX-8 "SHINKA" Special Edition
is now available at local Mazda dealers. The Mazda RX-8 "SHINKA"
Special Edition takes its name from the Japanese word meaning
"evolution" or "transformation," and adds design style and
performance to the highly successful sportscar. Only 2,150 "SHINKA"
Special Edition cars will be produced.
"We’ve taken the RX-8 – a car already lauded by customers and media
alike – to a new level of sophistication and exclusivity with the
‘SHINKA’ Special Edition," said Weldon Munsey, RX-8 vehicle line
manager for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "Improved ride
and handling capabilities, along with interior and exterior
refinements, make the ‘SHINKA’ Special Edition the ultimate RX-8."
The Mazda RX-8 "SHINKA" will be available with either a six-speed
manual or four-speed Sport A/T automatic transmission, featuring
Formula One-style steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear
shifting. Manual transmission-equipped cars are fitted with a
238-horsepower engine that spins to a heady 9000 rpm, while Sport
A/T-equipped cars are powered by a 198-horsepower engine tuned
specifically to take advantage of the automatic’s gear ratios.
To further enhance driving performance and ride comfort, the RX-8 "SHINKA"
features a uniquely tuned suspension system, upgraded from the
standard car. The system offers a foam urethane filled front
suspension cross member and specially tuned dampers, while achieving
improved body rigidity through reinforcing the top-front portion of
the A-pillars and improving the stability of the rear damper
The distinctiveness of the RX-8 "SHINKA" extends to both the
exterior and interior appointments of the vehicle. The car is
offered only in a rich Black Cherry body color offset by a soft
Parchment Tan leather interior. Among the exclusive exterior
enhancements are semi-gloss bezels for the headlamps and rear
combination lamps, as well as dark-silver gloss aluminum wheels.
Also standard on the RX-8 "SHINKA" is a 300-watt Bose® sound system
with in-dash six-disc CD changer. While many Mazda vehicles are
pre-wired for SIRIUS® satellite radio, "SHINKA" models will be the
first to be equipped as standard, as all cars will include a
one-year subscription to SIRIUS.