The production of the Mazda RX-8 ended in June 2012 and the RX-8 Spirit R was the final special edition model that Mazda initially intended to make 1,000 units to mark the end of the RX-8. Today, Mazda has decided to extend production of the Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R by 1,000 units due to a large number of orders. Orders for the special edition RX-8 SPIRIT R are from a variety of customers of all ages including sports car fans and rotary engine enthusiasts. The 6-speed manual transmission version is proving most popular, constituting 66% of orders. It features aero parts and Bilstein dampers as well as RECARO bucket seats and 19-inch bronze-painted forged aluminum wheels. Orders are almost equally divided between the three available body colors, Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica.