Almost Dream Car
By dynamho on
2006 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
The sheet metal of this car is definitely a matter of taste. Anything passionately designed is bound to have its critics. Whether it's beautiful or ugly, one certainty is that it turns heads all the time. I have two kids and they are perfectly comfortable in the rear seats. We have another "blue jeans" car for all the hauling. However, this car is fine for 80% of everyday duties. Handling is extremely forgiving. It's easy to drive fast. The engine needs a little more attention than a regular piston engine, but treat is right and it will reward you with many grins. Critics complain about the lack of torque. But, the torque is spread over a wider powerband, making it less temperamental.
Rotary engine feels like electric motor; silky smooth with uniform torque over a wiiiiide powerband. Freestyle doors for easy ingress of rear passengers. Handling is near perfect blend of civility and performance.
The center console (armrest) should be designed to bear more weight. I wish the tilt rear windows were powered for ventilation.