2010 Mazda RX-8 R3 Review

31 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2010 Mazda RX-8 R3 Review
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2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

Since its debut in 2003, been intrigued by the Mazda . It#8217;s an evolution of the famous with a powerful, small-displacement engine inside a light, sports car. The RX-8 a clever #8220;freestyle,#8221; rear-hinged system allowing for easy seat access while the 2-door coupe appearance.

it came out, however, really hasn#8217;t done with the RX-8. A special here, a minor appearance there, but no true generational For 2009, Mazda implemented a significant facelift for the RX-8 of new LED tail lights, a more front-end with new headlights, exhaust pipes.

The 2009 also got an improved suspension, new ratios to improve off-the-line and is 90 lbs lighter than the 2008 In addition to those changes and new tech features, Mazda added a new trim level to the the RX-8 R3 Edition featuring a suspension, body kit, 19-inch alloy wheels, audio, and Recaro sport

Luckily, we got to try out the new 2010 RX-8 R3 for a

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 a 1.3-liter rotary engine 232 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque, all to the rear wheels. If you choose the RX-8 (please don#8217;t,) drops to 212 hp. The 6-speed manual is a really good one. Mazda#8217;s new gear ratios, the still lacks, especially off the Once you get closer to the incredible RPM redline, the car pulls hard, but you have to push it.

The disappointing 152 of torque really hurts it. makes it even worse is the fuel economy: 16 city, 22 hwy MPG on fuel.

Luckily, the RX-8 R3 is a to drive. Mazda got the handling on this car, which a near-perfect 50/50 weight Turning hard into with the R3#8242;s upgraded feels like you#8217;re on a coaster, and steering input is not too boosted. While the RX-8 touch any of its competitor#8217;s power it blows them away in the department.

You really have to push the to realize its potential, which it#8217;s a great car for the track. The six-speed manual transmission, it takes a bit of getting used to, is a performer with a short close ratios, and smooth Brakes are excellent #8211; but not jerky.

The 1.3-liter Wankel engine is an interesting machine. The efficient spinning movement of the traditional up/down cylinder produces big power from a size (232 hp from a is great,) but lacks torque and efficiency. The rotary also an interesting driving experience; is linear and smooth throughout the band, and the exhaust note is a high-pitched hum.

It#8217;s not unpleasant at all though, a very precise mechanical throughout the RPM range and while

Inside, the 2010 RX-8 is all car. The R3#8242;s Recaro look great with trim and red stitching. Although have very limited the seats give the driver and passenger excellent lateral in the turns. Warning: these are not for wide butts.

Limited space inside is typical for a car size, although Mazda uses the center console for holders and storage room a sliding and opening arm rest. The control panel is used for and climate control. I#8217;m not a fan of the control layout, as Mazda a strange 3-knob system and I found myself trying to audio volume (center with the Tune (left)

A small area below the controls feature a 12V outlet and cubby hole. Anything into the outlet will a cord, which inevitably in the way of the shift knob and parking The instrument panel is beautiful, a digital speedometer placed the large, center-mounted tach

Rear seats, as they are most small sports are of limited use. We managed to in four adults for a short but that#8217;s only recommended in a everyone was uncomfortable.

Luckily, the doors made entry and easier. Trunk space is, as expect, pretty minimal. enough to haul a grocery worth of food, but don#8217;t on much more than

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The 2010 Mazda RX-8styling, as it#8217;s always is controversial. The R3 trim adds to the with the addition of a front and spoiler, side skirts, fog and incredibly attractive 19-inch wheels with a #8220;rotary#8221; design. New round LED tail are hit-or-miss for people, but I like the design better. While the is in need of a redesign, the minor changes keep it fresh.

The R3 is available in #8220;Velocity Red Mica,#8221; was the color of our test car, or #8220;Aurora Blue Mica,#8221; I recommend.

You can get into a 2010 RX-8 for $27,245 (including for a base model, or upgrade to the Touring trim for about more. The R3 model will run you at $32,740, our as-tested price is

For the week that we had the RX-8 R3, I was disappointed at the lack of low-end and extremely high fuel However I did find myself wanting to drive it. Keeping the above 5000 and running the short-throw shifter#8217;s gears a windy road is pure pleasure.

While this car would in a track setting, everyday is pleasant at all speeds.

Overall the Mazda RX-8 R3 is a fun alternative to $25-30k sport coupes. It exceptional handling abilities a smooth powertrain, however and torque-deficient. For many, the go-cart will more than up for the lack of power, but others gravitate towards the 370Z or Coupe.

Before You Buy

Competitors the 2010 Chevy Camaro and BMW but the real thorn in the RX-8#8242;s is the Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Coupe. Both offer power and better fuel for similar or less money, neither handles quite as

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