Mazda has launched another special edition RX-8 that’s set to go on sale at the end of this month with only 250 copies available. Labeled the Kuro, which means ‘black’ in Japanese, the latest version of the RX-8 doesn’t offer any upgrades to the drivetrain but instead receives a revised interior as well as minor changes to its head and tail lights. It seems Mazda is never going to offer a power upgrade for the RX-8. Its main rival, Nissan’s 350Z has received numerous engine and styling tweaks over its model life and it’s about time Mazda did the same for its RX-8.
Instead, we get boring changes to the cabin such as the beige-grey leather treatment, a new leather steering wheel and piano-black and silver highlights as well as an optional DVD navigation system. Other additions include the new Cruisematic speed control located behind the steering wheel and a Bose sound system with nine loudspeakers.
Externally, the Kuro can be recognized thanks to the silver chrome backing found in the head and tail lights and Kuro spec 18in alloys. Prices start at €34,800 for the base spec Kuro, which features the familiar 231hp (170kW) rotary powerplant.