Final bow for Mazda RX-8

Describing the four-door sports coupe as ‘iconic’ after selling 26,000 since its launch seven years ago, Mazda says drivers are running out of time before it is no longer possible to buy one new.

The Mazda RX-8 proved popular with UK buyers, who made up 14 per cent of just under 200,000 of global sales since the car was introduced in 2003.

The Mazda RX-8 is the only production car in the world to be powered by a rotary engine; in this case a 1.3-litre 231ps twin-rotor unit capable of powering the car to 62mph from standing in just 6.4 seconds.

Despite the impressive performance, the unique design of the engine and the six-speed manual gearbox make for a smooth, comfortable ride.

The individual character of the model is emphasised by the inclusion of rear opening ‘suicide doors’ allowing easy access to the rear seats – a feature only present on a handful of cars.

Built in Japan, the model features 50/50 weight distribution and rear wheel drive to improve the handling and responsiveness.

The build quality and distinctive design -including raised headlamps – have led to 37 major international awards for the car.

The last of the current model, the Mazda RX-8 R3, costs from £25,540 on-the-road and features a host of sporty features.

These include Recaro sports seats in the front, a new steering wheel with audio control and an impressive BOSE premium audio system complete with eight-channel amplifier and nine speakers.

Mark Cameron, Sales Director, Mazda UK, said: "Over the next couple of months drivers will be presented with a rare opportunity to acquire one of the very last RX-8s available in the UK.

"A few lucky customers are going to play a part in the grand finale of this motoring legend."

Mazda is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of another sporty model, the MX-5.