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Old 07-14-2003, 08:05   #1 (permalink)
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1.3 Rotary High Power Coupe 4 dr, £21995
Mazda RX-8

SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Mazda
Model: RX-8 4-door
Type of car: Coupe
Engine Capacity: 1.3 Rotary
Trim: High Power
Fuel: Petrol
List Price: 21,995
Width: 1771
Length: 4435

WARRANTIES
Mechanical: 3 years
Corrosion: 6 years
Paintwork: 3 years

STATISTICS
Miles per Gallon: 24
C02: 284
Engine Power: 231
Acceleration: 6.4
Max Speed: 146

Standard Features
Passenger air bag
Side air bag
Alloy wheels
Antilock brakes
Anti theft device
Air conditioning
Central door locking
Front electric windows
Electric door mirrors
Power steering
Stereo system
Tinted glass

Optional Features
Leather interior:£1200 (electric)
Satellite navigation:£1500
Electric sunroof:£500

Not only does the Mazda RX-8 break conventional coupe rules by having two extra rear hinged doors to give access to passengers, but it also comes powered by a rotary engine. Those rear doors might be considered a gimmick, but with proper passenger space in the rear they might actually be used. And why wouldn't you want to take a couple of passengers along for the ride - the RX-8 is a car you'll want to show off. That high-revving 1.3-litre rotary engine produces either 192PS or 231PS, the bigger output car coming with six-speed transmission, the less powerful version making do with five ratios. Both are fast and involving, the body control is excellent with low roll in the bends, while ride comfort is high. The engine needs to be revved, to the detriment of fuel economy, but combined with the slick transmissions it's part of the RX-8's appeal.
It looks sensational, and with its four doors is rather practical too. This really is a coupe that you could use as a family car. The interior is spacious with plenty of storage space, the instruments and controls are all well positioned in a style familiar to Mazda's more recent offerings like the 6. Prices are low and equipment is high, making the RX-8 an appealing proposition. A smart and able all rounder, the RX-8 really is one of the few coupes out there that you can buy with your head and your heart.

RATING
(+) Smart looks, enjoyable drive, practical
(-) Poor fuel consumption
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Re: United Kingdom:2004 Mazda RX-8

saw a black one today- the owner thought it was wise to attach a silver circular "racing" fuel cap. terrible.
Other than that.. Love the car!
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