2005 Mazda RX-8

The Mazda RX-8 is a sports vehicle produced by Mazda’s Japanese automaker between 2003 and 2012. It was initially shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2001. It is the RX-7’s successor, and it, like its predecessors in the RX series, is powered by a rotary Wankel engine. The RX-8 was offered in North America, beginning with the 2003 model year.

Mazda announced the discontinuation of the RX-8 on August 23, 2011, citing the 2012 model year as the final year of sale. After failing to fulfill pollution requirements, the RX-8 was pulled from the European market in 2010. Mazda could not justify selling the RX-8 in additional areas because of declining European sales and increasing Yen pricing.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2005 Mazda RX-8‘s combined cycle fuel consumption ranges from 10.8 to 11.4 liters per 100 kilometers. The Mazda RX-8 is the most fuel-efficient Mazda RX-8 model, using 10.8 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

The 2005 Mazda RX-8 was conceived as a four-door, four-seater quad coupé with a front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. The automobile has a near 50:50 front-rear weight distribution and a low polar moment of inertia. The engine is mounted behind the front axle, and the gasoline tank is placed in front of the rear axle. The front suspension comprises twin wishbones, while the rear suspension is made up of multi-links. For various body panels, weight is reduced by employing materials such as aluminum and plastic. Except for the plastic front and rear bumpers, the remainder of the body is steel. The manual gearbox variant uses a carbon fiber composite driveshaft to minimize the rotational mass (moment of inertia) linked to the engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels for superior handling through a torque-sensing conical limited-slip differential.

The RX-8 is distinguished by its rear-hinged “freestyle” doors (akin to suicide doors) that provide better access to the back seats. The RX-8 lacks B-pillars between the front and rear doors. However, the leading edge of the rear door serves as a “virtual pillar” to keep the structure rigid. The rear doors can only be opened when the front doors are open due to the overlapping design. The interior of the RX-8 was intended to accommodate four persons, making it a true 4-seater rather than a 2+2. Mazda engineers obtained a chassis stiffness rating of 30,000 Nm/deg while developing the RX-8.

Safety Features of the Vehicle

When developing the RX-8, safety was given equal weight as performance. Mazda’s safety method includes both accident prevention and accident protection. This approach to security means that the RX-8 can avoid numerous hazards and protect passengers in the case of a collision. The RX-8 was the only vehicle to obtain a five-star rating in a recent rollover test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Mazda engineers included various active and passive safety features into the vehicle. Large ABS-equipped disc brakes on all four wheels and accurate steering and suspension systems are examples of dynamic safety measures that demand driver input. Dynamic Stability Control (standard on manual transmission vehicles with the Sport Package, available on automatic transmission RX-8s) delivers enhanced handling that may be safely disengaged when driving and road conditions permit.


  • Height: 52.8 in
  • Length: 176.0 in
  • Width: 69.7 in
  • Curb weight: 3029 lbs

Engine type: 238 hp @ 8500 rpm

Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 16.1 gal


  • Zero to 100 mph: 27.5 sec
  • Zero to 60 mph: 6.8 sec
2005 Mazda RX-8

2005 Mazda RX-8 Factory Service Manual

The service manuals for the 2005 Mazda RX-8 are thorough and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s operation. Every Mazda comes with a service manual in addition to the vehicle. The service manuals go into considerable depth about the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Preparation
  • Service specifications
  • Engine control system
  • Fuel
  • Emission control
  • Engine mechanical
  • Exhaust
  • Lubrication
  • Ignition
  • Tire and wheel
  • Differential
  • Brake
  • Parking brake
  • Steering column   
  • Seat belt
  • Lighting
  • Wiper and washer
  • Wiring
  • Seat
  • Engine hood/door
  • Exterior/Interior trim
  • Vehicle control system
  • Cruise control
  • Maintenance

Mazda auto repair manuals are designed for experts and dealers that maintain and repair the brand’s vehicles. The owner may ensure that any automobile maintenance or repairs are done correctly and precisely every time with these service manuals.

2005 Mazda RX-8 — Owner’s Manual

The owner’s manual for a 2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual featured all the vehicle’s vital information for future usage and maintenance.

  • Safety and security
  • Operation of each component
  • Driving
  • Interior Features
  • Maintenance and care
  • Vehicle specifications

This Mazda RX-8 Owners Manual, designed just for car enthusiasts, will teach them when and how to utilize the numerous features and functions available in their vehicles, among other things.