2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Perfect GT with sports car mov

2005 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 6-speed Manual)

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Perfect GT with sports car moves
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


All controls buttery smooth and all surfaces look and feel expensive. Still finding thoughtful touches after months of ownership. And the ride and handling ... smooth engine with flat torque curve betray pretty good acceleration. Sound is exquisite. When you decide to brake entering a turn, it is always too early. Ride is supple over bumps, but somehow sporty handling. No other car I have driven has a front end that feels so light when changing directions. Turn-in is immediate. Best of all, handling at limits very forgiving and comfortable (as can be possible). Easy to rotate at limit with throttle and brakes. 21 MPG same as previous 5-speed WRX, not as bad as others said in my experience?

Best Features

At the limit handling. No signs of cost cutting in build quality. Windows raise and lower very quickly and still operate after key removed. Personal opinion is the looks are just about right. Never had a trunk release on keyfob but it is so useful.

Worst Features

A car with this sort of handling asks for just a little more power, but not if at the expense of balance. Not a speed demon, but trust me, it is much more fun than many cars with better acceleration.
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