2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Mazda RX-8 lot of flash, bad o

2005 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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

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Mazda RX-8 lot of flash, bad on gas
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


The Mazda RX-8 is a great sports coupe. In terms of performance the RX-8 competes well with the Porsche Boxster and BMW M4. It has a broad rpm range, true 9000 rpm redline, has a shifting sweet spot around 7500-8000 which is absolute music to the ears. The Zoom Zoom is in the curves. Its .88 Gs in slalom testing by Motor Trend magazine puts the RX-8 in a class with true exotic sports supercars. This is an ideal sports car for the family guy. With seating for four, you can take drop the kids off at soccer, ballet, and lacrosse practice. Its exterior design is flowing and graceful, but definitely exudes its sports car nature. The drivers cockpit very stylish, but all business.

Best Features

It powers through curves like it is on rails. Its other outstanding feature is the driver's instrument lighting which is airline red in daylight, bright white at night.

Worst Features

Typical of the original rotary engine the RX-8 suffers from poor gas mileage. 248 horses is a fair baseline, but the close ratio six speed, limited slip differential, and handling ability are true racing characteristics that deserve commensurate power in the 350 plus range and a lot more torque.
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