Mazda RX-8 is one of the sport car manufactured by Mazda that is using rotary combustion engine. Mazda RX-8 is a unique sport car with four variants of styles was firstly introduced during North American International Auto Show in 2001.
Mazda RX-8 was mass-produced in 2003 to continue the success of its predecessor, the Mazda RX-7. Mazda RX-8 was introduced to the sport car marketplace to compete with the Honda S2000, Toyota Celica, the Audi TT, BMW M3 and also Mercedes SLK series.
Mazda RX-8 Price and Specifications Review
Mazda RX-8 Exterior Reviews
On the outer side, its just looks like other sport cars, Mazda RX-8 have very strong sporty accent. Sharp shaped lamps with snappy corners create more aggressive its accent. On the front bumper, pre-facelift version has not yet been completed by fog lamps.
While at the 2009 facelift version, its rear and front bumpers, sideskirt was completely redesigned, and it also bring fog lamps.
On the rear, stop lamp models used the sporty look as the main light. When its seen at a glance, the taillights is a bit similar to the Honda S2000.
Mazda RX-8 has a unique door configuration. Despite having 4 doors, but this car is classified in sport cars coupe segment. When opened, the side door is almost resembles the offroad pick-up with extra cab style.
Mazda RX-8 Interior Reviews
Mazda RX-8 has unique four-door design that is proof that true sports car does not need to sacrifice space or convenience to gain a good performance.
The sophisticated design of the hinged rear door provides a wide door opening, thus enabling adult passengers with tall body height can easily getting in and out to this car. This design is also beneficial when we used the baby seat on back seat.
With a spacious back seat, it can ensure this car capable of carrying 4 adult passengers comfortably. Not many four-seat coupe that can do the same thing as the design of the interior in Mazda RX-8.
Overall, the interior offers comfortable cabins with intelligent design. A very low cabin floor allows the seats also can be mounted low in the chassis, along with the instrument cluster thereby increasing the visibility of the driver.
The most unique is the large number of items using rotary system in the interior, implemented in creative ways, among others there are in the seats, center console, shift knob and emergency brake.
The stylish cabin also evokes a sense of luxury with high quality, every aspect of the interior and its components able to create an atmosphere of elegance as well as driver oriented design.
In addition, the soft blue lighting used as cluster lighting instrument, useful to reduce eyestrain and tension during long time driving.
Mazda RX-8 Engine Performance Reviews
The initial version of the sales of the Mazda RX-8 engine uses almost identical to its predecessor, the Mazda RX-7. 13B rotary engine slightly redesigned to make redline able to reach number of 9,000 RPM on manual transmissions and 7,500 RPM on automatic transmission.
The results of the new design allows this machine goes into the naturally aspirated ‘Renesis’ category. The machine used only 1.3 liter of capacity. But it cannot be underestimated. With a little touch of modification and fine-tuning, this car able beat cars supported with V6 and V8 engines with ease.
The engine itself able to generated power up to 232 HP for the manual transmission and 212 HP for automatic triptonic 6 accelerations version. While the its peak torque is 215 Nm at 5,500 RPM.
Mazda RX-8 Impression and Handling Review
Mazda RX-8 is able to serve an impressive controls, thanks to the use of aluminum double wishbone front suspension. This type of suspension is used on some sport cars because it have lighter weigh if we compared to most used material for suspension (steel) and it has very high durability.
It is supported by a system of steering rack and pinion that can transmit feedback from the road back to the driver. Additional electric motor providing assistance at low speeds to make it easy to park as well as make heavier steering at high speeds so that the car can drove with high stability.
Mazda RX-8 Engine Specification Reviews
- Engine: 1.3 liter 13B Renesis rotary combusted engine.
- Power: 212 HP (automatic transmission); 232 HP (manual transmission)
- Torque: 215 Nm @ 5,500 RPM.
- Fuel consumption: 4-5 km/L (in the city); 6-7 km/L (outside the city).
- Transmission: manual transmission with 5 accelerations and automatic triptonic with 6 accelerations. Paddle shift option presented in 2007.
- Suspension: Front aluminium double wishbone, rear tube model.
- Competitors: Honda S2000, Toyota Celica, the Audi TT, BMW M3 E92, Mercedes SLK series.
Mazda RX-8 Used / Second Hand Price Reviews
In the local market, this unique car is very hard to find in standard conditions. As most owners are indeed high speed lovers, so they did some modifications or tuning to its body or engine. The price offered is usually between the range of 25.0oo – 45.000 USD depending on its manufactured year. Make sure you choose a unit with a clear record of services / maintenances schedule and have low mileage. In addition, do not surprised if there is a unit with older manufacturing year was offered in the price of 40.0oo USD.
Mazda RX-8 Pros
- Small engine capacity, but it has loads of power!
- Steady accelerations.
- Very convenient.
- Resale price is high.
Mazda RX-8 Cons
- Fuel consumption is very inefficient.
- Maintenance costs are more expensive.
- Some spare parts are hard to obtain.
So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Mazda RX-8. Overall, this car is fast and comfortable enough to use in daily. But its not suitable choice for you if you want sporty car with economical fuel consumption.