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Old 02-19-2005, 11:54 AM   #1
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What's a SHINKA?

Did the search, seen a few posts, but no definition of a Shinka. Help, curiosity is killing me!!!
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http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/disp...modelYear=2005

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New owner - Shinka Edition!
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:04 PM   #3
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Japanese for Gulible smuck who overpays for a "special edition"
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:09 PM   #4
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Japanese for Gulible smuck who overpays for a "special edition"
Aw, c'mon, buddy. It may not be your cup of tea, nor mine, but considering that a number of people on this board appear to be willing to spend thousands of $$ to achieve two-tenths of a second improvement quater mile times, the definition of "gullible smuck" might be broader than you've suggested.
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:39 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Got it, but don't want one...
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Old 02-19-2005, 01:14 PM   #6
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Old 02-19-2005, 01:56 PM   #7
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Compared to any other loaded 8, there's not much cost difference. It's more than just paint and stickers, so good for the folks who dig the color combo. I'll be interested to see if the little mods on the car go standard next year.
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Old 02-19-2005, 02:33 PM   #8
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I personally dislike the tan leather as well
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Old 02-19-2005, 02:36 PM   #9
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I am enjoying the vast majority of this board but IMHO there are too many posts where anyone who buys anything but an Rx-8 in someone else's favorite color is an idiot or their sexual orientation is questioned. Viva la difference!

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Old 02-19-2005, 02:41 PM   #10
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the Shinka is a special edition that only looks good for a hot woman only IMHO

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Old 02-19-2005, 03:51 PM   #11
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Did someone say.... hot women??

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Old 02-19-2005, 04:07 PM   #12
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I am enjoying the vast majority of this board but IMHO there are too many posts where anyone who buys anything but an Rx-8 in someone else's favorite color is an idiot or their sexual orientation is questioned. Viva la difference!

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I am with you man, it happens far too often. I really like the colour. I wouldn't mind paying the extra for that paint alone. Does that make me gullible? no.
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Old 02-19-2005, 04:26 PM   #13
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Sorry to start such an "IMHO" post.
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Old 02-19-2005, 04:30 PM   #14
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what engine mods does it have? so this shanka is little faster then our models? how?
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you needn't apologize, it wasn't you that made a stupid generalization.
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Old 02-19-2005, 04:35 PM   #16
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Hm, seems a lot more brown than I had expected...I've seen other pics, but I've never seen it look brown, only purpleish. Not sure I like that. I like the tan interior A LOT and wish they'd offer it on the black cars (would have gotten it in mine if it were available). I like the lip spoiler too, not sure if I'd take that or the standard spoiler if I had the choice. They're both pretty nice looking.
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what engine mods does it have? so this shanka is little faster then our models? how?
no engine mods just cheap foam injected into the suspension system...makes for a slightly stiffer ride (but will break down over time and wont matter anyway) really it is marketing mumbojumbo

really I plan on a suspension upgrade when I have the time
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Old 02-19-2005, 05:36 PM   #18
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Another difference is the inside of the headlight and taillights are chromed instead of silver paint. I had to look several times even to notice it. so what is Shinka in a cyborg name?
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shinka means "evolve" in Japanese.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:32 PM   #21
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From Mazda's site:

It may seem like it's hard to improve on the RX-8 - one of the most critically acclaimed sports cars on the road today, as well as one of the most innovative. So, instead, Mazda has evolved the RX-8.

The RX-8 Shinka - "Shinka" means "evolution" in Japanese - is equipped with exclusive new features, several exterior and interior material upgrades, and enhanced chassis and suspension tuning.

Offered in both 6-Speed and Sport AT versions, the Shinka is equipped with the RX-8 Grand Touring Package, which includes a Bose® 300-watt 9-speaker sound system with 6-disc CD changer, heated mirrors and seats, and a sunroof, among other items. The model is available exclusively in a rich Black Cherry Mica exterior matched by similarly exclusive parchment leather-trimmed seats.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:54 PM   #22
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I think the best part is that the leather now wraps right around the seat - the silver plastic backs are gone.....love it! :D

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That's a very rich color. Too bad it isn't available across the line. The tan interior is nice too. I think that Mazda has a problem with their interior colors. No flame intended, but Mazda's very dark color schemes severely limit the interior potential. Lliving in the San Fernando Valley in the summer can get really hot. A lighter color interior makes the car a lot more liveable. My wife's Miata with black interior was always 10 degrees hotter than the tan interior on my 330CI.

However, I would be a little concerned as to why Mazda has chosen to introduce a "special edition" so soon in the model run. Most companies start repackaging when sales level off and they need to pop something fresher in the showroom. There are exceptions, such as the leather editions of the MX5, but sooner or later pieces of those specials usually end up on the regular ordering sheet. And they almost never recoup anything more in resale. Still, it's a nice color.
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I think the color looks AMAZING in the pics. But now that I've seen it live, I'm glad I got red. Red's faster anyway.
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Old 02-20-2005, 10:32 AM   #25
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To me there is a big wow factor when you get into a shinka that isn't there on the other RX8's.

Now if it would just quit snowing, dry up, and get about 30 degrees warmer I could actually take shinka out of the garage for a spin. :D
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