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Mazda RX-8

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Product Overview

Mazda RX-8 is a compact sports car in production from 2003 to 2012. It was available with several tunes of a two-rotor 1.3L RENESIS rotary engine that displaced 1.3 liters.
The last commercially available passenger car with rotary engine, the RX-8 has quickly become a modern classic. Its ultra-compact rotary engine allows the relatively affordable vehicle to feature a front-mid engine layout, while the double-wishbone + multi-link suspension setup further improves handling.
The one weakness of all rotary engines, durability, has been improved but remains an issue. Fortunately, the compact engine is easy to rebuild, though technicians familiar with this design are few and far between.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 84%
Pros
  • Compact engine and lightweight chassis
  • Glorious 9000rpm redline
  • Great weight distribution
  • Double-wishbone + multilink suspension setup
  • Great handling characteristics
Cons
  • Not a thoroughbred

What external reviewers found

External score 80%
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Powerful twin-rotor engine
Cons
  • Noisy gearbox
  • Not the most fun to drive

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Specifications

Variants shown:
Renesis 2003
40th Anniversary
Revolution High-Power
Challenge High-Power
Type S

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External Reviews

carmagazine[1]

Reviewer score 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
elift emerging as the RX8 R3. It's got the latest RENESIS twin-rotor engine in which, after donkeys years of development, most of those problems have been licked. Externally, there's a standard Sports Styling Pack with new front bumper, side skirts, rear wing. But as you discover from the driving seat in the first half mile, there have been a few changes under the skin. The bodyshell has been stiffened and dampers, springs, bushes and anti-roll bars revised.
Pros
  • Powerful twin-rotor engine
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Noisy gearbox
  • Not the most fun to drive

References

  1. ^ Mazda RX-8 R3 (2008) review. [carmagazine].

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