I have owned a sports car of one type or another for the last 25 years. The RX-8 rocks. I have had mine to 155 mph and it feels like it's glued to the road. It's humorous for the Toyota dudes and the Mercedes sweeties to challenge it. The only thing that comes close is a Mustang GT until you get into the first turn. Then you will see them in the rear view. The Porsche, BMW sports models are plusher but more sluggish in the turns. The Hondas are not in the same league and Nissan Zs. The car can handle a turn like no other. Some complaints regarding the car are the gas mileage (find another car that gets good gas mileage and can go 175+.) For under 30k new you can't beat it.
Handling, forget zero to 60, how about 20-140. How often do you end up beside a Corvette or Ferrari at a stop light? The handling and quiet engine. The four seats are perfect if you aren't carrying the basketball team around. The back seats can handle guys but they are perfect for ladies.
Need to give Mazda owners free upgrades for the GPS systems. Upgrade is ridiculously high.