2010 Mazda RX-8 1.3L 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - What a great car!

2010 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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2010 Mazda RX-8 R3 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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.

Favorite Features

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.

Suggested Improvements

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.
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