Mazda RX-8: A coupe that runs, steers, and feels really well

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Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8's sporty looks might be attractive for some buyers, but it's nothing in comparison with its small, yet powerful rotary engine. Which makes Mazda RX-8 a joy to drive.

Mazda RX-8 is sure to turn some heads with its sporty looks, but what lies under the hood is the real star, because this is the only mass-produced car of its time powered by a Wankel rotary engine. Mazda RX-8 was made for a driver, who is able to enjoy the roar of the engine when you push the pedal. Though it may look like a two-seater on the outside, Mazda RX-8 actually has four seats, all of them comfortable and easy to access.

High-Performance Sports Car

The RX-8 looks the part, being a real gem of a car to look at. It has all the features of a serious sports car, from the big front and rear fenders, the aggressive headlights to the low ground clearance.

Mazda RX-8 is available in two versions, the GS and GT. The latter comes with automatic xenon headlamps, heated leather seats, dynamic stability control and anti-theft system. The base trim level includes cruise control, six-speaker CD stereo with an additional audio jack.

A Car Dedicated to a Passionate Driver

Mazda RX-8's tiny 1.3 litre rotary engine gives the car 238 horsepower to the back wheels and makes it roar at 9000 rpm. The leather-wrapped steering wheel provides a good grip and responsive steering on the road. The ride is firm, as one can expect from a sport car, and the low gravity center helps Mazda RX-8 distribute the weight evenly for a stable cruise. The big four-wheel anti lock disc brakes allow the car to stop precisely when needed. Mazda RX-8 is available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

All the power of this little sports car leads to a medium-high fuel consumption, which is another sign that Mazda RX-8 was built for die-hard drivers, not commuters.

When it is pushed to the limits, Mazda RX-8 splits the horsepower between the front and rear axles to provide a safe ride, along with the suspension tuning and the sharp steering. It is also equipped with stability control function, for those who want a little less adrenaline.

Mazda RX-8 scored four and five stars score in safety tests for driver and passenger protection in front collisions and four stars for front and rear seats side impacts, making it a safe sports car.

The First Four Seater Sports Car

Mazda RX-8's looks invites the driver to test its limits. The two front seats embrace the passengers and provide support when the pedal is pushed to the floor, while the easy-to-access dashboard commands make the ride a pleasure. What is interesting to note is there are two back seats, which are not only stylish but actually comfortable for two adults. They can easily be accessed from the small, half doors, which open in clamshell style. The trunk is also spacious enough to accommodate small luggage.

Comfortable and spacious when it comes to the two back seats, Mazda RX-8 is a fun to drive sports car, whose appeal is doubled by its great looks.