A low-mileage model of the Prodrive-tuned RX-8 ‘PZ’ has strategy up for on-line auction
The MX-5 isn’t the most efficient Mazda performance automobile to be blessed with myriad particular editions – the RX-8 had its bright portion too. The Nemesis, The Spirit-R, the 40th Anniversary; there non-public been hundreds of ‘em. One stands above your entire rest for us, even though: the PZ.
These aren’t moreover is well-known as a couple of of the other restricted-swagger cars since they non-public been unheard of to the UK market, but in the event you have faith are living right here and are seeking out an RX-8, the PZ is worth seeking out. Why? For the explanation that ‘P’ stands for Prodrive.
The legendary UK motorsports company, arguably most infamous for its long line of Subaru rally cars, non-public been tasked with giving the RX-8 a chunk of an overhaul in the mid-noughties, accurate because it did a couple of years later with the lardy Alfa Romeo Brera V6. And tackle that Alfa challenge, the chassis used to be the most important focal level, with the 1.3-litre two-rotor ‘Renesis’ engine left by myself, place the suitable of a novel utilize machine.
Prodrive added Bilstein dampers with Eibach springs, decreasing the coast height by 15mm while bumping up the spring payment by 60 per cent. Ending the novel stance used to be a space of OZ 10-spoke wheels, due to this truth the ‘Z’ little bit of the title. To counterpoint the facing tweaks, a novel rear cruise went on, and Prodrive even fiddled with the form of the cruise mirrors to lessen inch.
It’s no longer too laborious to identify this form of. There’s a PZ badge on the boot lid, one other on one facet of the cruise, and a Prodrive logo on the other along with a space of orderly Prodrive centre caps on these OZ wheels. For all that, Mazda charged £25,995 when the auto went on sale for the duration of the summer season of 2006, an amplify of £3700 over the customary RX-8.
Production used to be capped at a barely high 800 items, that means there are a bright few accessible. We seen one up for on-line auction on Gathering Autos, having a explore awfully clear in ‘Galaxy Gray’ (it’s doubtless you’ll also spec ‘Superb Sad’). It hasn’t been inclined a entire bunch in its 14 and a chunk years on Earth, currently showing 25,962 miles on the clock.
It’s stated to non-public an “bright carrier historical past on sage, with a huge change of invoices in the file,” and rather then the irregular blemish the PZ looks to be like to be in noteworthy condition. It passed its newest MOT easiest a couple of weeks ago with the most efficient advisories being a loose offside hang and outmoded/former tyres, with the latter since fixed through a new space of sneakers.
Bidding is currently at £1334 on the time of writing with six days left on the auction (ending on Tuesday evening). Despite the low mileage resolve, we’re searching at for this to manufacture at a completely sensible ticket. A number of leggier PZs are currently on Autotrader, priced at £2480 and £3499.