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.
The RX-8 is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive four-door, four-seater quad coupe.
Notably the car has near 50:50 front-rear weight distribution and a low polar moment of inertia, as a result of 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) The RX8 is powered by a 1.3-liter rotary engine which sends power to the rear wheels through a torque-sensing conical limited slip differential for improved handling. While with slightly less power output in comparison to the final RX-7, the RX-8 is pverally 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 extended edge of the rear door acts as a "virtual pillar" to maintain structural rigidity. Because of the overlap of doors, 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, used in Asphalt 8, was introduced for the 2009 year model. The R3 package adds slightly improved suspension over the base model and a foam filled front crossmember to improve rigidity. The R3 also comes with modified 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, but no other part of the seating area is modified. The R3 model does, however, remove the electric sunroof function.
The Mazda RX-8 R3 is named the Mazda RX8 in Asphalt 8: Airborne, despite its real-life counterpart 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, the car can achieve a rank of 1407. The Mazda RX-8 receives +62 ranks from Tuning Kits, making the highest rank this car can legitimately achieve 1469.
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 may lose to the other four cars (apart from the Mazda 6), especially on long maps like Tokyo.
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. It can accelerate from standstill to top speed in around 1.5 seconds (assuming triple tap nitro activated at the start), 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 around 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.
Given the RX-8's extreme acceleration, high top speed and good handling and drifting, it is widely viewed as the best D class car in the game.
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 and Heat Cups.
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 (owing to both high starting rank and Elite status) or for Career Mode.
The Mazda RX-8 does, however, count towards the Japanese Dragons collection.
The Mazda RX-8 also costs 1,528,840 to MAX and 471,900 to PRO. It uses 4 Rotary Engine cards in its PRO upgrades.
Being the current best D Class car by a considerable margin (minus the unobtainable Villain Wheels), the RX8 is extremely useful in Class D TLEs and has been ever since its debut in the spring of 2016.