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Old 01-19-2004, 13:38   #1 (permalink)
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Wheels Car if the Year

I noticed nobody has post it. Wheel Car of the Year 2003 is the Mazda RX-8. It was NBN. I hope nobody else has posted it.
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Old 01-19-2004, 13:57   #2 (permalink)
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How many complaints do you think 9 will get for the little burn-out in the car park by the weatherman?
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Old 01-19-2004, 18:05   #3 (permalink)
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Whilst I'm not a fan of rotary engines at all, I still must say that the RX-8 is a awesome car.
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Old 01-19-2004, 18:14   #4 (permalink)
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OK read this off LS1.com.au the top 4 finishers are:

Mazda RX8
Honda Accord Euro
Toyota Kluger
Toyota Prius

Great that Accord Euro finished 2nd.......I just bought one!! :)
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A friend picked up his RX-8 2 days ago, went for a drive yesterday and, man what a car! beautiful black paint, red/black leather interior, 6spd gearbox..... can't wait, he's going to let me have a drive tomorrow, awesome car.
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Old 01-19-2004, 19:59   #6 (permalink)
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yes for a rotary powered car this one is by far the best one,so far.
its not a ford but a RX8 does have the looks and squirt to get my vote.
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he's going to let me have a drive tomorrow, awesome car.
Let us know how it goes. I remember reading one particular article (cant remember what one sorry) where the reviwer said that he found the car to be rather sluggish. Dunno whether it was just his car or what. All I can say is that I want one! Had a sit in one the other day and they're awesome.
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Probably would have been the auto – the ‘box can’t take the revs, so the motor is restricted and makes heaps less power ~140kW instead of 175 or whatever the manual has.
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Old 01-19-2004, 21:18   #9 (permalink)
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Saw it on Top Gear last week and it's all over the roads of Auckland, from what I read and see it seems like a bloody great car.

Good to see Wheels Mag' has got the COTY right two years in a row!
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One question tho - why the hell did they have the award in November 2003 and now have it again in January 2004!? I thought it was a year in between... Wouldn't it be wiser to wait till November as they would have more new releases to have a crack at the title. I mean it was a pretty ordinary field i think. Not many interesting cars. Glad the RX-8 won it, nice car.
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