New and Used Mazda RX-8: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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Mazda RX-8

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The Mazda RX-8 is a four-seat car, and the latest in a long of rotary-engine sports cars the Japanese automaker. In addition to its engine design, the RX-8 a unique quad-coupe body with two small rear-hinged doors allowing better to the rear seating positions a standard two-door coupe allow.

The RX-8 was introduced for the 2004 year, after its predecessor, the had been absent from the market for most of a decade. the RX-7 in its later years had a heavier—more bloated, some say—grand tourer, laden tech features, the RX-8 the light, nimble feel of the and was, from the start, affordable. The RX-8 design was like no other, and blended and function in better fashion most other sports of its time; the two rear-hinged …-style allow improved access to the two seats, though they’re quite tight, and the trunk is large enough for weekend

In front—which is where you want to sit low to the road, though slightly upright than other coupes, with a small-diameter wheel and close cockpit-style The 232-horsepower, 1.3-liter twin-rotary doesn’t make much and to access the bulk of it you have to the engine revving. Thank it’s extremely rev-happy and to exercise to its upper ranges.

Peak power is made at rpm, and the engine gets a wail when it’s up The six-speed manual gearbox is the way to go, as automatic models get a reduced and lower power ratings. has a quick ratio and manages a feel of the road.

In 2009, the RX-8 received structural improvements, as well as a suspension geometry, which in even more confident while reducing interior and vibration. With these models especially, the RX-8 is a lot more civil than expect. It rides reasonably and provided you have the engine in one of its upper gears both and road noise are quite

It’s also not twitchy in the way you might think a light, rather short sports car to be. notably, Mazda bolstered the engine with some seal and gasket improvements should extend engine and reduce oil consumption—always a rotary

Also for 2009, Mazda out a top-of-the-line R3 package, which a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein and high-performance tires on 19-inch forged-alloy wheels, plus front-suspension crossmembers. Wheels also upsized. Most models include electronic control, but even for some model years, it was not included on the Sport.

Grand Touring models fit who want all the interior comforts, as automatic climate control, audio, Bluetooth, and keyless plus HID headlamps and rain-sensing

One of the most significant drawbacks of the is its thirst for premium. Its EPA city is just 16 mpg, but if you drive the in a spirited way you’re likely to see lower.

The RX-8 was discontinued the 2012 model year, no direct replacement in sight.

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