Purchased as a car-show dealer's demo in OCtober 2010. Driven three seasons - never in snow. Currently at 12,000 miles.
Bets handling car I have ever owned, or driven. Test drove about 25 cars before buying this one (and a VW GTi for my wife). Best of all of them, including BMW roadster, Mitsubishis, Toyotas (no real competitor with the demise of the S2000), Porsches (too expensive to repair!), and Nissan Z.
I think this is the best affordable sports car available. Holds its value as well, at least so far.
No mechanical or other problems to date.
Handling and curvy road performance.
Some dismiss its straight line acceleration, but fast enough if you drive it
to the redline with every shift (and will go beyond 100mph in 3d gear).
But in curves,
it is simply fabulous.
Drives as nimbly as a Miata with the feal of an exotic rather than a go-cart.
By far the most fun I have ever had driving a car - and I have owned a Triumph Spitfire, a 1979 Rx-7, a Toyota Supra and many others.
Loooks great and is rare, at least around Kansas.
Keep making them!
Better yet, put some money into developing an RX-9 with a three rotor Wankel or turbo or super charging.
Combining the small weight of a Wankel, with near-midshhips engine location, and the power that could be added by a higher HP engine, would make this a absolute world class car, and for less than $30k.
You do need to add some engine oil about every 1,000 miles - this is a necessity with this Wankel engine.
But it is simply a pleasure to do that with this wonderful car.
I used to own a RX8 6 years ago. It slipped out of my hands, and now I'm proud to say that I'm back in this car: A 2010 RX8 R3. There's a lot of criticism on this car within the media. Mostly because of its lack of power, poor fuel economy, and higher than normal oil consumption. Not many people understand how good of a sports car it is. It has an extremely rich driving experience. It's one of the lightest and most nimble cars out there, and you can really appreciate that when you start pushing the car. The last 2 cars I've owned before this were clearly more faster & expensive, yet this is the car that I truly connected with. It's hard to explain in words, but this car is irreplaceable.
Extremely responsive steering feel. Lightweight/unique/high-revving engine. Perfect shifter. Stunning handling. Incredible chassis. Very sporty suspension. Very attractive R3 package. Beautiful 19" wheels. Gorgeous Velocity Red Mica exterior paint. Incredible versatility. Superb build quality.
More power wouldn't hurt. Maybe adding turbo-charged power? Fuel economy isn't too bad, but it could always be better. Other than that, the car is near perfect.
This rotary demon is impressive and fun to drive. Too many people (piston people) DO NOT understand the ROTARY engine. It is powerful, quick, and its super sporty (R3) suspension make it a demon on the roads. Horsepower is NOT a problem IF you know how to drive the RX-8. Not everyone is meant to drive the RX-8. The RX-8 must first pick you and then you and the RX-8 will bond and become one, only then will you truly appreciate the power, handling and excitement of Zoom-Zoom!! Once the union of car & RX-8 have commenced, then you two will be inseparable, and the road your friend. You will fear no curve, nor any Z monster encountered on the highways & biways of your travels. ROTARY forever!
Renesis 238 powered Rotary engine. Bilstien shocks 19" Bridgestone 'super grippers' Short throw 6 speed, that keeps the ROTARY in control.
How about 300 HP out of the incredible ROTARY engine??