2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Best Sports Car for the Buck

2005 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 0-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Best Sports Car for the Buck
By krusty on


2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


By far the funnest car to drive short of shelling out 130k for a Porsche 911 GT3. A very beautiful design. I test drove the Nissan 350Z and knew within 1/4 mile which car I liked better...the RX8. Great handling, stability, and braking. I do have after-market BF Goodrich G-Force, which are incredible and probably a much better tire then stock (first upgrade). Very comfortable on highway. The car is deceiving in how fast it really is. You will be going 100mph and not even notice it and very stable and easy to drive at that speed. Bose Stereo is great. Transmission (manual) is smooth as butter and has very short throw. Your power is at 5000RPM and up, so you have to learn how to drive this car

Best Features

High RPM horsepower. Styling. Handling. Braking. Interior finish. Smooth engine (almost turbine-like, and sounds like a Hoover Vacuum). A true 4 seat-4 door sports car. Makes the 350Z and Mustang feel like a pile of crap when you drive one after driving the RX8.

Worst Features

Gas mileage. More torque. More HP. (Why not 3 rotors with 350+ HP ?) Why 1.3 liters. There is plenty of room in under the hood for a larger engine.
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