2009 Mazda RX-8 R3 Review | The Truth About Cars

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2009 Mazda RX-8 (R3 Package)

It never fails. my girlfriend introduces me to guys at I hear the same nine #8220;Dude, you have the best job in the And it#8217;s true. I#8217;ve some of this planet#8217;s fastest and most deeply automobiles.

But for every Audi RS4 a Suzuki XL7. And a MINI Clubman S (trust me, it#8217;s True, sometimes I’m surprised by how I like a car; the Pontiac G8 GT to mind.

And sometimes my socks are blown off my feet, like were last week by a edition Mazda RX-8, the R3.

I’m telling you up front that the RX-8 R3 is not for everyone. Like modern Mazda, the company’s (flow?) design language is in. Which makes the “sporty bumper” that’s unique to the R3 look like a demonic You also get a rear spoiler. I to think the exterior treatment wikkid awesome …

But I understand why [some] folks the age of 18 may not. At least we can all agree ditching the RX-8#8242;s ludicrous … was the best move made in years.

I could the RX-8#8221;s interior perfect in 10 with a crow bar. Out the goofy stereo unit, of the crummy plastic and the useless seats. But here’s the good any surface that actually driving is near perfect, if not so. The leather shrouded steering my new best friend.

The six-speed manual (only available on the R3!) may not be as snick-snick as the Miata’s, but it’s damn And you won’t find a better pedal on any car. I’m too fat for the Japanese racing Recaros.

But hey, I lose 25 pounds (though I’d be too fat).

All RX-8s now come a brilliant new 1.3-liter RENESIS rotary engine that’s for 232 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. If that sound like much to you’ve never driven a You don’t take rotaries to strips where their lack of torque is a handicap.

You take rotary-powered cars to where a 9,000 rpm redline and usable power band you can leave the car in third and forget it #8217;til you win the race. That’s what I did while carving some of LA’s best

Like all RX Mazda’s, the R3’s is up front, driving the rear There#8217;s no performance compromise. Up this weekend, the EVO X MR was the best-handling car ever reviewed. But remember: the EVO begins life as a humble FWD before Mitsubishi gives it a over with fancy and even fancier mechanicals.

Sure, the Active Yaw Control and in the rear half-shafts allow the EVO to run roads faster than the (or most exotics). But underneath all the the Mitsubishi’s still an upright, lower middle-class family The RX-8 R3, on the other hand, is a car first, second and last.

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claims that all they did to the R3’s handling over RX-8s was to add a set of Bilsteins, 19” forged and a Urethane-foam-injected front suspension member (whatever that But you know what? The results are altering. The R3 comes with control that I had on for maybe 30 You simply don’t need it.

You cannot make this car loose. I tried very to do so, and with the exception of making donuts in a parking lot, the R3 doesn’t surrender grip.

The R3 like you’re driving a cockpit racecar; let’s say a Se7en with a hard top and AC. Looking out over the hood, I expecting to see open wheels. like “direct” and “communicative” begin to do the intuitive steering Every crank and tug of the wheel in total, benign compliance. One the ride is extremely hard, even.

But the teeth-chattering suspension#8217;s perfectly-suited to the nature.

And here’s the cincher: For the same price as the aforementioned MINI Cooper Clubman S, you can one of the world’s finest-handling sports Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying the RX-8 R3 handles well for a car.

I’m saying it handles than a $320k car. Or, importantly, whatever you’re

[Mazda supplied the vehicle insurance and a tank of gas.]

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