2004-2005 Mazda RX-8 / RX8 Renesis Rotary Review – Modern Racer – Auto Archive

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2004-2005 Mazda RX-8


– Return of lightweight engine.

– Four-door

– Two-door sporty

– Well-balanced chassis due to mid-ship engine placement.

Affordable price.

Cons :

Improved, but still poor economy.

– Rotary expensive to repair.

– interior results in oddly-proportioned

– Not as powerful as its 2-seater the Nissan 350Z.

– rear passenger space.


Press Coverage :

The new Mazda is the company’s new-generation halo following the demise of the RX-7. The marks the return of the notorious engine to the United States. The rotary engine is a Mazda as no automaker has dared to try out the rotary. The engine was developed by German Dr. Felix Wankel decades ago and by Mazda all these years.

The Renesis rotary is Mazda’s version of the engine, consisting of all of the rotary’s hallmarks — in size, lightweight and super-smooth.

The rotary is a proper high-revving for a proper sports car. The RX-8 is no doubt a proper car, but it even has room for full-size adults, with two … doors that out 80 degrees. The rear doors can open when the front are open.

When all four are open, there are no center pillars. The drawback to the RX-8’s is that the C-pillars are thick, driver visibility. The rear windows don’t roll but tilt out slightly for ventilation. adding to rear-passenger discomfort is the RX-8 is low, so getting in and out of the seat is somewhat of an annoyance.

The is very quiet when all the are rolled up, and all the seats are fairly especially the front buckets. The interior has rotary cues all the place, with headrests, and stereo face shaped an engine rotor. The ergonomics of the interior setup is pretty overall, and the tachometer is centrally on the gauge cluster, with the reduced to a small digital only.

Safety features front side airbags and side airbags.

Besides the miniscule speedometer, quirks include V8-like economy, which is not a good of course. And the engine requires an oil more often than other new cars on the road. the dipstick is hard to reach in the place, requiring the removal of the engine cover every Also, Mazda failed to its promise of delivering a whole 250 hp

However, given the RX-8’s to provide immense driving the quirks appear minor.

The 4-speed automatic model with only 197 hp, redlining at rpm. Standard features manual-shift ability, 16-inch and softer suspension. The 6-speed model is the real sports car of the with standard 18-inch sports suspension and a screaming 238 hp that revs up to 9000 The manual also costs more. However, sports and 18-inch wheels are available as on the automatic.

Xenon headlights, stereo, leather, DVD navigation and a body kit are optional on both


With the RX-8, will reintroduce the rotary but in a more affordable, practical than the RX-7.

The Mazda will use a new, normally version of the rotary engine at 250 horsepower; the proposed engine is 30 lighter and smaller than the used in the RX-7. Unlike the RX-7, the RX-8 is not turbocharged, its engine less costly.

Poor fuel economy and levels of exhaust pollution been challenges for the rotary in the past, but the RX-8 rotary features a new design that says will boost and clean up emissions. The redesigned also features a sporty exhaust rumble, instead of the engine’s more typical drone, Mazda executives

As before, the compact engine is in the front of the car, but behind the axle, to provide perfect front/rear weight distribution for handling characteristics. A new oil pan, as deep as the sump on the RX-7, the engine to sit lower in the car, to a lower center of gravity for handling. A six-speed gearbox power to the rear wheels, to the RX-8’s sports car credentials.

The has aggressively trimmed mass the RX-8 concept using and plastic for body panels and installing a carbon composite Double-wishbone suspension (also as unequal length control arm and large-diameter disc brakes at all four corners, boosting that the RX-8 will put on the faces of drivers who value handling.

To broaden the car’s appeal, has packed sedan-like interior into the RX-8, squeezing space under a coupe-styled The company boasts that the trunk area will a pair of size 67 Samsonite Access to the relatively spacious seat is through a pair of … doors, similar to the door on the Saturn coupe.

this design makes the unquestionably more flexible the RX-7, the jury is out on whether the styling will be popular prospective customers. Sports car and buyers are a fashion-conscious lot after

The styling is notably smoother and attractive than the RX-EVOLV which foreshadowed some of the styling themes when it at the Tokyo Motor Show in RX-8 is slightly reminiscent of the of Mazda’s MX-3 2+2 coupe of the ’90s. The view from the looks a bit like a Miata the optional hardtop in place.

The roofline that gives the RX-8 its slightly hunchbacked provides headroom for … passengers. That space, with the ease of entry and through the rear doors make the RX-8 a practical car.


With no quick-release to tilt the front seats rear passengers have to in claustrophobic silence to be let out. To that the pillarless RX-8 be at least as safe in a side as a similar-sized four-door saloon, it has B-pillars’, integral crash locking pins, special latches, and side and curtain air

Front seat passengers are better catered for. The wheel only adjusts up and but the seats’ every-way adjustment than compensates for even drivers. The chairs are comfortable, excellent side support.

the starter and you are rewarded with typical rotary whirr. the throttle and the rev-counter needle up, changing only the engine’s not its volume. You need to use those particularly when pulling and through the gears, but the clutch and electronics are refined and swapping is no hardship.

Ford’s best men have been working on the handling and it shows. Don’t kart-style, flat cornering, not what this car is all about. The responds accurately, and while the does roll, it is well

The electronically-assisted steering is reminiscent of the Focus; well weighted, and of feel and life, but it’s the of the handling that impresses

On a smooth track, the Mazda be outclassed, but on real-world, opposite slippery and bumpy corners, the is an agile and super-fast machine. control electronics don’t the understeer of rival systems, allowing a small amount of before reining things in.

them switched off, the is a flattering and controllable machine, none of the unpredictable oversteer made early RX-7s so The all-round disc brakes are stoppers, with good feedback; anti-lock and electronic force distribution come as



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