Standard features of the 2nd Generation Mazda RX-8 include a 1.3-liter rotary engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and seating for four. These vehicles also feature dual exhaust, speed control, air conditioning, power doors and windows, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a remote-operated keyless entry system.
The 2nd Generation RX-8 is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, four-door, four-seat quad coupe first introduced in 2009. The vehicle featured additional structural reinforcements such as a trapezoidal shock tower brace for improved body rigidity. Rear suspension geometry was also revised to provide improved handling and a shorter gear ratio for manual transmission vehicles for improved acceleration off the line. The RX-8 also utilizes an electric metering oil pump with six lubrication injectors and an all-new engine oil pump. The RX-8 also features a near 50:50 front-rear weight distribution achieved by mounting the engine behind the front axle.
Other refinements beginning with the 2009 model year included restyled front and rear bumpers and high-quality finish front and rear headlamps. The 2nd Generation RX-8 also offered a new five-spoke wheel design and was available in three different trims. The successor to the Wankel-powered RX-7, the RX-8 made its debut in 2001; production of the vehicle continued through 2012.