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Mazda RX-8 Sports Car (2003-2012)

Neo score 84%Ext score 80%

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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.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 84% (not directly comparable across industries)
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***

Ext 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Powerful twin-rotor engine
Cons
  • Noisy gearbox
  • Not the most fun to drive
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Specifications

Renesis 200340th AnniversaryRevolution High-PowerChallenge High-PowerType S

Capacity

Cargo Capacity290 L / 10.2 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity8.7 L / 9.2 qt
Engine Oil Capacity6.1 L / 6.4 qt6.1 L / 6.4 qt6.9 L / 7.3 qt
Fuel Capacity61.0 L / 16.1 gal
Passengers4
Payload447 kg / 985 lbs353 kg / 778 lbs436 kg / 961 lbs398 kg / 877 lbs475 kg / 1047 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs, 323 mmVentilated discsVentilated discs, 323 mmVentilated discsVentilated discs
Brakes | RearVentilated discs, 302 mmDiscVentilated discs, 302 mmDiscDisc
Power SteeringHydraulic Steering
Suspension | FrontDouble-wishbone
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire SizeFront wheel tires: 225/45 R18 Rear wheel tires: 225/45 R18225/55R16Front wheel tires: 225/45 R18 Rear wheel tires: 225/45 R18245/45 R18
Turning Circle10.6 m / 34.8 ft

Construction

Body Style4-door Coupe4-door Coupe2-door Coupe4-door Coupe4-door Coupe

Dimensions

Ground Clearance140 mm / 5.5 in
Size | Height1340 mm / 52.8 in1340 mm / 52.8 in1340 mm / 52.8 in1340 mm / 52.8 in1330 mm / 52.4 in
Size | Length4430 mm / 174.4 in4427 mm / 174.3 in4430 mm / 174.4 in4435 mm / 174.6 in4325 mm / 170.3 in
Size | Width1770 mm / 69.7 in | 1846 mm / 72.7 in (mirror unfolded)1770 mm / 69.7 in1770 mm / 69.7 in | 1846 mm / 72.7 in (mirror unfolded)1770 mm / 69.7 in1780 mm / 70.1 in
Track Width | Front1500.0 mm / 59.1 in1500.0 mm / 59.1 in1500.0 mm / 59.1 in1500.0 mm / 59.1 in1490.0 mm / 58.7 in
Track Width | Rear1505.0 mm / 59.3 in1505.0 mm / 59.3 in1505.0 mm / 59.3 in1505.0 mm / 59.3 in1500.0 mm / 59.1 in
Weight1373.0 kg / 3026.9 lbs1395.0 kg / 3075.4 lbs1379.0 kg / 3040.2 lbs1330.0 kg / 2932.1 lbs1345.0 kg / 2965.2 lbs
Wheel SizeFront wheel rims: 8J x 18 Rear wheel rims: 8J x 1816 inFront wheel rims: 8J x 18 Rear wheel rims: 8J x 1818 in18 in
Wheelbase2700 mm / 106.3 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h7.2 sec7.2 sec6.4 sec6.5 sec6.5 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph6.8 sec6.8 sec6.1 sec6.2 sec6.2 sec
Braking | 100 km/h - 036.0 m / 118.1 ft
CO2 Emission267 g/km267 g/km284 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag0.30
Fuel Economy10.6 L/100km / 22.2 MPG (combined) | 14.9 L/100km / 15.8 MPG (urban) | 8.1 L/100km / 29.0 MPG (highway)13.1 L/100km / 18.0 MPG (urban) | 9.4 L/100km / 25.0 MPG (highway)11.2 L/100km / 21.0 MPG (combined) | 15.6 L/100km / 15.1 MPG (urban) | 8.7 L/100km / 27.0 MPG (highway)11.4 L/100km / 20.6 MPG (combined)11.4 L/100km / 20.6 MPG (combined) | 15.8 L/100km / 14.9 MPG (urban) | 8.9 L/100km / 26.4 MPG (highway)
Top Speed222.0 km/h / 137.9 mph222.0 km/h / 137.9 mph234.0 km/h / 145.4 mph240.0 km/h / 149.1 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
Towing Capacity695 kg / 1532 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1200 kg / 2646 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Engine13B
Engine | Compression Ratio10.0:1
Engine | Displacement1.3 L / 79.8 cu-in / 1308.0 cc
Engine | Power192.0 hp / 143.2 kW @ 7000 rpm215.0 hp / 160.3 kW @ 7500 rpm231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 8200 rpm240.0 hp / 179.0 kW @ 8200 rpm250.0 hp / 186.4 kW @ 8500 rpm
Engine | Redline7500 rpm7500 rpm9000 rpm9000 rpm9000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output146.8 hp/L / 2.4 hp/cu-in164.4 hp/L / 2.7 hp/cu-in176.6 hp/L / 2.9 hp/cu-in183.5 hp/L / 3.0 hp/cu-in191.1 hp/L / 3.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Torque216 Nm / 159.3 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm216 Nm / 159.3 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm211 Nm / 155.6 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm216 Nm / 159.3 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm216 Nm / 159.3 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm
Engine | TypeNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol rotary2 engine
Transmission | Gears5-speed6-speed6-speed6-speed6-speed
Transmission | TypeManualAutomaticManualManualManual

Production

Availability2003 ~ 20092005 ~ 20092003 ~ 20122003 ~ 20092003 ~ 2009

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

carmagazine[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful twin-rotor engine
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Noisy gearbox
  • Not the most fun to drive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Mazda RX-8 R3 (2008) review. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/mazda/mazda-rx-8-r3-2008-review/. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2022-05-06.

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