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Drove an RX-8 today :-D

I got a notice in the mail about a big sale at the local dealership where I've gone for service a couple times, and how they were looking for some used Mazda3s to fill in their lot. Having an afternoon free, I headed out there earlier, mostly out of curiousity. They asked what I was interested in, and when I said "RWD" they led me right over to the Mazda RX-8s, with specific instructions to redline it.

I don't care what anyone else says about the RX-8 being a "torqueless wonder", etc - that's the most fun I've ever had behind the wheel. Nice short shifter, very comfortable seats, dead-on handling, and the engine was smooth as silk - rode it all the way up to 8-9k a couple times and it just felt perfect, like its begging for you not to shift. At the beginning I was slowing down for curves the way I would have in my 3, then I thought "WTF am I doing?" and put my foot in it for the next bend. It just responded beautifully everywhere - you could feel exactly what the car was doing the whole time, even though it was keeping fairly flat around the bends. And the noise the thing made was absolutely great when you revved it - not a whiny 4 cylinder or obnoxious V8, but something else all of its own. But then, when you slowed down and just started cruising, it was a very comfortable ride - didn't tire you out the way sports cars usually do.

If I had the money, I think I might have been convinced to walk out with it right there. As it was, I couldn't make the payments they showed me - but that car would have been worth every penny.
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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

[quote author=TheLonelyPhoenix link=topic=25435.msg343956#msg343956 date=1121366845]
And the noise the thing made was absolutely great when you revved it - not a whiny 4 cylinder or obnoxious V8, but something else all of its own.[/quote]

Give me an obnoxious V8 over anything, anyday! If I could make my 4-banger sound like a V8, I could die happy. Nothing sounds better to me!

Now if only V8's got the same mileage and hp/liter as a "good" 4 banger, I'd be sold.

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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

[quote author=MetalCord link=topic=25435.msg343968#msg343968 date=1121367218]
[quote author=TheLonelyPhoenix link=topic=25435.msg343956#msg343956 date=1121366845]
And the noise the thing made was absolutely great when you revved it - not a whiny 4 cylinder or obnoxious V8, but something else all of its own.[/quote]

Give me an obnoxious V8 over anything, anyday! If I could make my 4-banger sound like a V8, I could die happy. Nothing sounds better to me!

Now if only V8's got the same mileage and hp/liter as a "good" 4 banger, I'd be sold.
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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

I test drove an RX8 before getting my 3 aswell....6spd, i was in love. My wallet was not though, so that's how things go.

But down the road i'd love to upgrade


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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

[quote author=MetalCord link=topic=25435.msg343968#msg343968 date=1121367218]
[quote author=TheLonelyPhoenix link=topic=25435.msg343956#msg343956 date=1121366845]
And the noise the thing made was absolutely great when you revved it - not a whiny 4 cylinder or obnoxious V8, but something else all of its own.[/quote]

Give me an obnoxious V8 over anything, anyday! If I could make my 4-banger sound like a V8, I could die happy. Nothing sounds better to me!

Now if only V8's got the same mileage and hp/liter as a "good" 4 banger, I'd be sold.
[/quote]Ummmm.....I prefer the sound of a 13B open exhaust running 10,000 RPM.....


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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

rx8... how was the torque on that? (just curious, not bashing)... I have been wanting to test drive one since i hear the handling is mesmerizing, but just wondering on how its pickup is

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Re: Drove an RX-8 today :-D

Down low, its about the same as a Mazda3s. But all you had to do is drop a gear and BAM, you were off.

Yeah, I know you can drop a gear in any car and get power, but I can't emphasize enough how much this thing loved to rev. It felt so effortless - the engine doesn't whine at you like it does in most cars. It felt right at home between 3 and 5k. The gearing and shifter feel were great too - drop one gear and you zoomed off with plenty of room to go, drop two and you just blasted away.
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damn i want an rx8 even more now altho i might just wait for the new body version to come out before trading in my 3...

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Any pics of what the new body version will look like? I didn't realize they were changing it already.

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[quote author=TheLonelyPhoenix link=topic=25435.msg344041#msg344041 date=1121370613]
Down low, its about the same as a Mazda3s. But all you had to do is drop a gear and BAM, you were off.

Yeah, I know you can drop a gear in any car and get power, but I can't emphasize enough how much this thing loved to rev. It felt so effortless - the engine doesn't whine at you like it does in most cars. It felt right at home between 3 and 5k. The gearing and shifter feel were great too - drop one gear and you zoomed off with plenty of room to go, drop two and you just blasted away.
[/quote]The Wankel rotary is different to drive. First time I drove one, I knew I wanted one for myself. Still have a 1976 RX4 in the garage......


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