The Mazda RX-8 R3, also known as simply Mazda RX8 in the Asphalt series, is a performance package version of the second generation Mazda RX-8. The Mazda RX-8 is the successor to the Mazda RX-7, making its debut at the 2001 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), with productions from 2003 to 2012.
Text originally from the Mazda RX-8 Wikipedia article
The RX-8 was designed as a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive four-door, four-seater quad coupe. The car has near 50:50 front-rear weight distribution and a low polar moment of inertia, achieved by mounting the engine behind the front axle and the fuel tank ahead of the rear axle. The front suspension uses double wishbones and the rear is multi-link. Weight is trimmed through the use of materials such as aluminium and plastic for several body panels. The rest of the body is steel, except for the plastic front and rear bumpers. The manual gearbox model uses a carbon fiber composite driveshaft to reduce the rotational mass (momentum of inertia) connected to the engine. At the heart of the Mazda RX-8 is its high-revving, 1.3-liter rotary engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a torque-sensing conical limited slip differential for improved handling. While underpowered in comparison to the final RX-7, the RX-8 is considered its successor as Mazda's rotary engine sports sedan.
A prominent feature of the RX-8 is a pair of rear-hinged "freestyle" doors (similar to suicide doors) to provide easier access to the rear seats. The RX-8 has no B-pillar between the front and rear doors, but the leading edge of the rear door acts as a "virtual pillar" to maintain structural rigidity. Because of the overlapping design, the rear doors can be opened only when the front doors are open. Although by no means expansive, the RX-8's cabin was designed to allow enough room to house four adults, making it a genuine 4-seater rather than a 2+2.
The R3 version was introduced for the 2009 year model. The R3 package added slightly improved suspension over the base model by adding Bilstein shock absorbers and a foam filled front crossmember to improve rigidity. The R3 also came with 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels and high performance tires. On the exterior, the R3 had a different, lower front bumper sporting a splitter, lower side sills, and a standard rear spoiler. There is a pair of special Recaro seats up front, along with the same 300-watt Bose audio system, Bluetooth, and Mazda advanced keyless entry and start system. No electric sunroof was offered in the R3 model.
The R3 version is the one used in the Asphalt series.
The Mazda RX-8 R3 is named the Mazda RX8 in Asphalt 8: Airborne, despite its in-game model having the name "RX-8", with a hyphen, plated at the rear.
The Mazda RX-8 qualifies as a high-end Class D car, with a starting rank of 893, a MAX rank of 1208, and a MAX + PRO rank of 1359. With an Elite-Tuning of 0808, this final rank becomes 1407. The Mazda RX-8 receives +62 ranks from Tuning Kits.
The Mazda RX-8 rivals the Donkervoort D8 GTO, Mazda 6, Porsche 959 and nanoFlowcell QUANTINO at MAX + PRO. It is very slightly superior to all of these cars, winning races with an advantage of around 1-3 seconds on all maps. Keep in mind that this is only when an Extra Tank is used; otherwise, the Mazda RX-8 can lose to the other four cars (apart from the Mazda 6), especially on long maps.
The Mazda RX-8 has the highest total top speed in Class D, higher than the Donkervoort D8 GTO and Porsche 959 by over 7 mph (10 km/h). The Mazda 6 and nanoFlowcell QUANTINO have closer top speeds.
The Mazda RX-8 is the fourth fastest accelerating Class D car. Its acceleration is between 1-1.5 seconds, close to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2016 Veloce. The fastest and second-fastest acceleration in Class D belongs to the Donkervoort D8 GTO and the Mazda 6, respectively, also between 1-1.5 seconds.
The Mazda RX-8 has very good drifting and handling. Despite its handling being inferior to the Donkervoort D8 GTO, its drifting is better than both the Donkervoort D8 GTO and Porsche 959, because the Donkervoort D8 GTO's drifting is too strong (resulting in frequent "oversteering") and because the Porsche 959's raw top speed is much lower than its total top speed (resulting in slower drifts).
The Mazda RX-8's nitro efficiency, however, is its main drawback. Rated at only 8/13/18, the Mazda RX-8 heavily relies on Extra Tanks to keep its total speed at the maximum. This is in comparison to the Donkervoort D8 GTO's nitro efficiency of 4/8/12 and the Porsche 959's nitro efficiency of 6/8/10.
Due to being the overall best-performing car in Class D, the Mazda RX-8 is the preferred car for Class D Time-Limited Events.
The Mazda RX-8 is quite useless otherwise, as its Elite Status hinders usage as a farming car. The Mazda RX-8 is also not very useful for Multiplayer or for Career Mode. The Mazda RX-8 is found in the Japanese Dragons collection.
The Mazda RX-8 costs 1,100 (shared with the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe from Class C) to purchase.
The Mazda RX-8 also costs 1,528,840 / 8,985 to MAX and 471,900 to PRO. It uses 4 Rotary Engine cards in its PRO upgrades.