The Winning Blue Metallic (27B) finish on today’s 2004 Mazda RX-8 shows very well, with a high level of shine and metallic flake coming through on straight panels. Per the owner, there is no history of paint or bodywork and no rust present.
Features include headlamp washers, integrated foglamps, front fender vents, integrated decklid spoiler, and dual exhausts integrated into the rear valence.
Throughout the RX-8 are rotor-shaped details in honor of the Wankel engine, including on both front and rear lower fascias and the hood.
The original 5-spoke 18” wheels are retained with Mazda logo center caps. They show some staining and minor curb rash on one wheel but otherwise present well. They are wrapped in Cooper Zeon RS3-A rubber sized 225/45 all around and frame disc brakes at all four corners.
Hazing on the headlight lenses can be seen in the gallery, along with clear taillamp lenses. Underbody condition is carefully detailed and looks to be in excellent shape.
Four-Seat Sports Car
The four-seat black cabin is accessed via unique rear clamshell-style doors. Up front, dual bolstered buckets are upholstered in black leather with ribbed side sections that show well, aside from minor creasing on the driver-side cushion. The rear seats and center console are in equally good condition with small depressions on the driver-side.
Wrapped in black leather, the multi-function steering wheel frames a set of shifter paddles and instrumentation. It includes a combination fuel level and coolant temperature gauge, a 9,000-rpm tachometer with an inset digital speedometer, and an oil pressure gauge with an inset digital odometer reading 77,035 km (47,867 mi).
Features include silver trim on the center console, power windows and locks, air-conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, and a power-operated sunroof. A digital screen atop the center stack has readouts for time and ambient temperature.
The stock stereo has been replaced with a Pioneer head unit with a CD player and Bluetooth connectivity. Other highlights include rotor-shaped cutouts in the front seat headrests and a clean, carpeted trunk.
Like It’s on Rails
This 2004 RX-8 features its original powertrain, which consists of a RENESIS 1.3L 13B-MSP Wankel engine paired with a four-speed automatic to spin the rear wheels. Mounted behind the front axle, this two-rotor engine was rated for 197 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque when new.
The RX-8 came from the factory with double wishbones up front and a multi-link rear suspension. Mounting the fuel tank ahead of the rear axle helped enable a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution and the spectacular handling these cars are known for.
The gallery shows that the engine bay retains the factory shrouds and strut tower brace. Highlights include a 7,500-rpm redline and manual mode for the transmission controlled via steering column shifter paddles. Per the owner, there are no known issues.
Located in Toronto, Ontario, this Canadian-spec 2004 Mazda RX-8 was acquired by the seller four months ago. It currently shows 77,035 original kilometers (47,867 mi) and comes with the original owner’s manual as well as two sets of keys with fobs.
Largely original and finished in a beautiful shade of blue, this rotary-powered RX-8 is regarded as one of the best-handling cars of its era. The next caretaker is in for ALL the grins.