Mazda RX-8 Road Test Review By MotorTrend




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postersurfman1: @americansmark All car critics said it handles pretty well, but like most consumers, all I care about is straight line speed, fuel consumption, & appearance of the car. This car isn't that fast & it gulps down gas too. Its a nice looker, but for the money, I'll take a 370Z or a Subaru turbo model if I wanted a import.

postersurfman1: The RX-8 looks so good, but the price for it is to high. I don't understand why its slow. It weights about as much as a compact car like a CIvic, Corolla, Focus, Neon, etc, has 232 horsepower & is RWD, but it has no straight line speed. I know the purpose of its design was to handle great, but the laws of physics here doesn't make sense. Light weight, RWD, & good h/p means it should have some speed. Examples: Mustang GT, S2000, Lotus.

koukicrisp: @Jason Right now I have a 05 G35x, keeping my VR4. It pulls but I want something a bit more sporty with a bit more handling. I will definitely test drive one of these. I need something to be a fun daily commuter and something that I can take to the autoX everyonce in a while. The RX-8 definitely fills the 2nd half but i'm worried about if it has enough straightline pull to make a mundane run to work fun. I go to work and school, and just want to mix a bit of business with pleasure. Thanks alot!

vybzcartel1: I own a 04 RX8, despite the Mpg and the oil consumption, i love this car, its easy to drive, i love the 2 tone interior, corners well and it has looks. I don't care about what people say about the Rotary, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.

Chad Berner: It's my favorite car. it's amazing it's OK speed great handleing and cheap. Wonderful car! good work mazda!

yakooza: @postersurfman1 Its loots sweeet, the fuel consumption isnt THAT bad and it is fast enough. The 4 door coupe, 4 seater design is also sweet. It looks hell of a fun to drive.

postersurfman1: @yakooza I forget it does have 4 doors, but the body has the shape of a coupe. Well if u do get it, tell me ur insurance rate & policy. I still think its gonna be high.

Stevenhiggles: @yakooza the car gets like 16 city and 23 highway. My altima (I know its not a sports coupe) gets 24 city and 33 highway and I have over 295hp. Still something has to give on that car...I almost bought a 2004 ;'O

Enchurito: Really comparing an rx-8 to a porsche? no... just no

AccidentallyFunny: Are there a lot of options in different SC's for the RX-8? It could be a combination of 3 things. RX-8 is generally an uncommon car. No competition for them to really need to compete with their prices, OR because it's not a traditional engine they jack the price in the name of "advanced" technology. Could be of those 3.. lol @wife not buyin into the idea =P treat her to dinner!

TowerRaven36: love ds car. if u hav spare change get it! Hav 2 young boys who also like it and the most practical sport car to hav up to a family of four. Spent £600 (coil cost £120 each plus vat) had to replace 2-coils and leads so pretty expensive to maintain unless you know a thing or two about cars then you can do the work yourself for a fraction of that price. Handling is just awesome. Sound system is pretty good too!

Justin Richard: @wally2714 lol yeah buddie!

thedayyouth: Bro stop twitching ur fingers when ur talking

wally2714: It's funny how I predicted the turns because I play that track all the time on Forza

TheZ06Drifter: @Stevenhiggles 7G would make a huge difference in the handling of the Altima , but 1 thing u can NEVER change is that fact that its a FWD , your weigh distribution is also gonna be unbalance for that fact , but u can still do alot with it , what kinda suspension upgrade are u looking at ? maybe i can help !

jasonsr3: the driving dynamics are fantastic but it will take a few days of driving to figure out the rotorys powerband. If your driving normaly it feels quick in first but second is a lil slow from say 15-30 then you start to feel a surge over 30. basically the real power is over 5k rpm. if Im in traffic 6k rpm to 9k rpm pulls real strong. You have to recalibrate your mind as to how high this thing revs. I drive normally most of the time and it always feels pretty quick to me. All around thumbs up.

AccidentallyFunny: It's a completely different kind of car, truly. Especially if you're used to American muscle or even German cars where the power isn't always at the peak of the RPM.

Chikonmon: @postersurfman1 its because of the rotary engine. it has low torque in the lower rpm range... after around 3-4 rpm it starts kicking your ass... i test drove a 2004 rx8 gls. its not bad at all. and for most people, theyre not gonna be racing it so.... the power it has is more than enough

Stevenhiggles: @maniac1040 one with a good bit of work done. Just cause its a altima doesnt mean it can't make power. The vq is an amazing engine

Stevenhiggles: @TheZ06Drifter I guess I am in luck :D When I head the direction of handling, I'll hit ya up.

Atergia: @jasonsr3 lol i pick up my rx8 tomarrow from the deal i drove 100s of cars while shopping everything from vettes to mustangs nothing i drove even remotely compared to the feel of a the rx8 i test drove and all those horror stories are from people who bought the rx8 thinking they could drive it like any piston engine change the oil every 3-5 thou and it would be fine rx8 is cheap for a sports car but it is that a sports car and should be taken care of as such. DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!!!!!!

Richard Murasaki: i really love thiz car ... i prefer the 08 side look better.

americansmark: @postersurfman1 Well said. Going from my SS to my Mazda was a kick in the pants. It felt like it had no get up and go. A few upgrades though and it is quick! It handles like its on rails and has grip to the point there is almost too much. I find myself wanting to break loose and can't sometimes. lol.

postersurfman1: @yakooza U have never owned a car? If this is ur first car, then ur lucky to have a nice first car.

jasonsr3: One thing I forgot to mention is this car gets alot of attention. I have never drivin a car that got so many unsolicited positive comments. The rx8 is a pretty rare sight to begin with but the r3 is about as rare a car as your gonna find so it gets alot of attention evertime I drive up which is always cool. Ive had my r3 in Atlanta for 6mos now and I have never seen another one. Ive seen two bugatti veyrons since I bought my car but no other r3 I like that and how people react to the rear doors.

TheZ06Drifter: @Stevenhiggles , both cars are in completely different classed , its like comparing a a ford mustang to a lion .. FWD , AUTO , SEDAN to RWD Manual , limited slip coupe . your cars is faster but trust me its alot easier to get a good handling car and make it faster than a fast car and making it handle better , Too expensive and too time consuming .

jasonsr3: I get the feeling you might not be happy with an rx8 simply because you will miss the power. When I was car shopping I had to have a four door (first child on way) and my budget was around 25k range. so no 350z no s2000, I hate stangs and econobox FWD no matter how supped up they are. I have owned 2 2nd generation rx7 and put over 150k hard miles on both with no problems so I looked at the 8r3 and was impressed with how it drove and roomy backseats yes they are roomy. cont.

postersurfman1: @moham7ad It needs more kick in the butt power. I think the problem is that the 232 h/p doesn't come till like 8K RPM or so. That means you have to rev the crap out of the motor just to get it going. Kinda of like the Civic Si. Light weight cars like the SRT4 Neon, Cobalt SS, & the turbo 4 cyl Mitsubishi & Subaru vehicles produce more power & torque at lower RPM, which makes the faster & have that extra kick. I wouldn't mind having 1.

Stevenhiggles: @TheZ06Drifter Like the Exige beating the Roush Mustang on a track. 300 less power but perfect handling. It is going to cost maybe 7 grand just to get my car handling road course ready. Maybe more

James Martin: I think people compare rotary engines directly with the piston engines - and for them 5000 rpm are very high, while the design of the rotary is completely different, they are simply made to rev, they are made to be kept at 5-6-9000 rpm if you expect to go hard, and they still feel smooth, no vibrations like in a piston engine of a Z or similar cars.

Stevenhiggles: @TheZ06Drifter Well if I had the cash I would do a AWD conversion. Im looking at BC Coilovers or Tein coilovers, Racingline endlinks, sway bars, enkei rims (found some 18s that weigh 17lbs) idk what kind of tire, brakes and rotors Im still deciding on, small weigh reduction and...well idk. Power wise, well I just want a built VQ. I love N/A engines and adding a turbo or supercharger to this will make me go to AWD. 450+ power to the front wheels...freak that.

Corey Frisch: @jasonsr3 That's great! It must be a blast. What's it like getting up to speed from a stop under normal driving conditions (you know, not revving the heck out of it)? I drive a Mazdaspeed 3 myself and am wondering how the RX8 feels in comparison.

koukicrisp: @jasonsr3 I am wondering what are the highs and especially the LOWS of buying this car. I am looking to buy a used one, a 2005 Shinka, and Mazdaspeed6 or an Eclipse GT. the MS6 I heard is unreliable, the Eclipse GT is FWD for one, but makes 245whp. I really want a nice RWD car, but the power is so offputting, maybe more than the FWD. In your opinion how is it? I have a 434awhp 3000GT VR-4 and I am a power junkie. Really wondering if I will miss the power in this car?

yakooza: @postersurfman1 Well I won't be getting a car until next year, but ok!

postersurfman1: @yakooza The cars are previously stated are faster & get better MPG. Its faster than my 98 Camry, but that isn't saying much. Lol. I'm sure the RX8 is fun to drive. Its awsome looking & handles great. It just lacks the straight away, highway passing power u get from a Mustang GT or a Camaro,etc.

yakooza: @postersurfman1 Yeah, I wouldn't get a brand new 2010 Rx8 for 30 grand, but the 04/05 models for 10 grand as a first car? freaking sweet.

jasonsr3: I want to Petit SC this car so bad but damn $7000.00 installed is just nuts. I dont understand why its so much. Petit says they can install and callibrate in one afternoon and there arent really that many parts. I just dont get the price, I could buy a whole new renisis engine and have it installed for that price or less actually.But it would be awsome for sure. I saved 6500.00 off retail when I bought it new so thats how im trying to rationalize it but I dont think the wifes buying into that :(

yakooza: @postersurfman1 But then again, its a pretty cheap car, and classifies as 4 door. And plus, I'll probably just be getting liability insurance so the difference isn't that big between sport or non sport.

postersurfman1: @yakooza Ur insurance rate is going to be sky high since its a sports car, ur young & its ur first car. Good luck convincing him. Lol

koukicrisp: @jasonsr3 Also, I Looove low rev grunt. I love getting my head pushed back in the seat, but I also love firing off heel-toe downshifts and sliding my tail out of corners. Problem is I don't see the track/or empty backroads enough to really get the most from it. I have been debating this for months. The FWD SUCKS! TQ steer, no tail slides,or powerovers, kills it! But again it has low-end grunt, and great reliability ratings. How reliable are these engines? I've heard a lot of things.

jasonsr3: easy car to drive fast and pure fun I love mine.

EnhancedNightmare: @wally2714 Haha same here I was like "Hey I know this track" :D

TheZ06Drifter: @Stevenhiggles you in luck . i sell most of that , if u need a quote on anything let me know

Kyle Jansky: anyone with an RX8 PM and tell me what yall think pls :)

jasonsr3: yea stangs give bang for the buck as far as power but thats about it, not to mention they are every where. Lol I would agree what you said about mustang owners and the same goes with camaro owners lets just say many of them are not the most sophisticated folks on the road. obviously Im speaking to the rule not the exception. Good luck with your car hunting. Footnote my best friend has an 07 mustang gt and he really likes it so there ya go.

koukicrisp: @jasonsr3 I'll definitely take it out for a drive.I also thought about getting a Mustang. But again they can't handle, but even worse is the drivers are complete assholes! 90% of all Mustang drivers are complete douchebags, that's what's keeping me away from them more than anything.

yakooza: @postersurfman1 Yeah this will be my first, hopefully. I doubt my dad will approve but I sure do hope so.

maniac1040: what altima gets 295HP?

jasonsr3: Take it to a real track its a blast if only the tires werent so expensive. I have about a five mile drive to work and I get sideways on these two corners almost everytime. this car drifs real easy just a lil over steer real smooth and Im usually hitting around 6000 rpm digging out of the corner and pullin real hard to around 9200rpm in 2nd it puts a smile on my face every time :) my 8 loves it when I hit her beep spot. dont think for a second that you cant have crazy fun in this car.

jasonsr3: not really that i can find but Petit has been specializing in rotorys for 20yrs so they really are the experts but Im sure they would probly state one of the reasons you said as to why the price is so hi. Ive found turbo kits that are cheaper such as gready and others around 4 grand but from everything Ive read super charging is the way to go with the rx8. As for the dinner with the wife hmmmm that might work she is getting tired of spam every night :]

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Mazda RX-8 Road Test Review by MotorTrend 4.8 out of 5

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