The Mazda RX-8 is an unconventional yet desirable sports car. It was first shown in 2001 in North American International Auto Show and launched in 2003. It has a design which still feels fresh and futuristic. The RX-8 boasts a unique 1.3 liter rotary engine which is an excellent piece of auto engineering. It might not be that fuel efficient however it is very light and compact. The rotary is 1.3 liter but provides excellent power and high revs. It is a rear wheel driven fun to drive car. Sadly the Mazda has stopped the production in 2010 because the carbon emissions were far higher than others in the class like Audii TT and Nissan 370Z.
The Mazda RX-8 sure turns some heads when on the road thanks to its futuristic design and unmistakable appearance. Mazda has worked hard on the detailing of the RX-8. Inside the cabin is marvelous with piano black dashboard and bucket seats which are very accommodating. The cabin is surprisingly roomy and the four dour design makes it very easy to access. The RX- 8 is better known for its unique rotary engine which can generate high revs and returns 231bhp. It is equipped with a quick shift six speed manual gearbox. The RX-8 has low roll on sharp turns resulting in a great body roll and a fun ride.
Stiff suspension, rear wheel drive layout and direct steering mate to give a delightful ride on the road. RX-8’s pillar-less design doesn’t make it any less safe car. Electric traction control and side and front airbags are offered as standard across all models. The engine needs to be watched carefully and needs proper servicing after 80,000 miles to replace the piston edge pressing tips as they tend to wear out. Plus the rotary is also thirsty for oil and if most of the drive is around town it gathers soot and give problems in starting.
The Mazda RX-8 is in reality a coupe that can be used as a family car as well. The interior boasts plenty of storage space. All the instruments and switches are driver oriented and positioning style is inspired by Mazda 6. Comparatively, the RX-8 doesn’t cost much to buy and the product you get is worth every penny spent. The running costs of the RX-8 are higher though because of its high fuel thirst. The spare parts and service have reasonable costs, its nowhere near cheap to insure and taxed.