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The Best, Affordable Sports Car Experience, bar none! by Zoom Zoom from Southern California on 01/11/2010. Trim: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Shinka, Owned 5 years.
Pros: The ulitmate, moderately priced, sports car! Considering Mazda, as an automotive company, first built race cars long before their sporty production models, you inherit all the advantages in design, handling & performance, for half the price! From the stylish, sleek, stealth-like race car body to the comfortable, leather seats in the driver's cockpit, their's much to enjoy in the RX8. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel column allow you to experience a truely unique rotary driving experience ala a formula-one race car. The patented rotary technology allows you to rev the engine up to 7000rpm, even in third gear, before approaching dangerous redline levels in your driving adventures!
Cons: The RX8 is designed to be more quick than flat-out fast. A Corvette this is not. You must keep in mind the affordability, coupled with outstanding driving performance, when considering this vehicle. The other drawback would be the fuel consumption. If your looking for a few extra miles per fill-up, this isn't the sports car for you. If you want to experience better handling & overall performance, minus those few extra miles every fillup, than this is the car for you. At 5'10", 190lbs, the driving cockpit is comfortable yet slightly restrictive when it comes to head room for my frame. A couple extra inches in the cockpit would go a long ways to driving comfort in my opinion. No six-footers!
Overall review: When it comes to cost, performance & style, there really isn't much competition for your sports car buck than the RX8! I've had mine almost 5 years and have never had more fun on road trips. I might feel different if it was my primary car every day, but i doubt it. The low to the ground design makes getting in&out of the cockpit a chore occasionally but a minor blemish to the overall driving experience. Six-footers & over 200-pounders may have difficulty being comfortable in the RX8. It is designed like a race car so that must be taken into consideration. A Honda Accord this is not. If you really enjoy the driving experience, the RX8 is a great, affordable, sports car option for you.
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