HTF Car of the Week (12/19): 2003 Mazda RX-8

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  1. Chuck C

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    2003 Mazda RX-8
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    Just take a look at it. What a beauty. The new RX-8 boasts an impressive hi-revving 250hp rotarty engine. My question is...does that mean there are no cylinders? I'm confused. Anyway, the RX-8 lacks something that the RX-7 had...a turbo. At any rate, the new styling combined with suicide doors, 6 sp, and 18" wheels will turn heads.
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    And at around $30,000-35,000, there will be lots of heads turning. Competition: Nissan 350Z/G35 coupe, Acura RSX, Audi TT, Honda S2000.
    Note: I was going to go with a German car this week, but the last discussion turned into talk of the BMW M3.
    Let the discussion begin! I want at least 100 posts [​IMG]
     
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    Dam I love the looks of that car, but I don't think the RSX will be bale to compete with it, no way. The Front wheel drive is too much of a disadvantage. The new Neon with 240hp at the wheels, now that would be more of a comparison for a front drive car to the RX-8.
     
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    I'll be the first (but I'm sure not the last) to say the RX8 is plain ugly. I've seen this car in the mag's for years now....watching it evolve and I just don't like it. And at $30K+, there's way too many nicer cars out there. It looks like my next car will be a 350Z in about a year....if I can hold off that long. I'm just waiting for them to flood the market a little more for some negotiating room....and too see what the convertible looks like when it comes out in the spring. I just don't see this new RX8 being too popular. I did love the last RX7 though.
     
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    I honestly think they look better than the 350 (IMO)...


    Apparently they couldn't put a turbo on because it made the exhaust too cool for cat's to work correctly...

    In a few years (after this whole grad school thing), it'll be a tough call between this and the G35 (coupe)... both seem like a great value for the money right now...
     
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    Do you think the design on the seats has something to do with the releaux wheel on the engine? [​IMG]
     
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    Mmmm, I love all the wacky cars Mazda makes! I love seeing something different on the road, anything with some personality. A big reason why I love my 93 MX-3 V6 so much.
    American "styling" or lack thereof just doesn't do it for me.
     
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    On a bit of an HT related note, I believe the RX-8 is the transportation of choice for Cyclops in X-Men 2 [​IMG]
    Gary
     
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    The Neon doesn't have 240hp at the crank much less the front wheels. But the great thing about turbo cars is that it wouldn't take a great deal of effort/money to get it to 240 whp with after-market go-faster bits! The torque steer on that thing must be hideous though.

    The RX-8 is an interesting car.. 250hp from a 1.3 Wankel.. the RX-7 had about that output from its 1.3, but that had a couple of turbos to get it there. Personally I oscillate between liking and not liking its looks. Some cars look better in photos than in reality and others vice versa, seeing it for real will be the key.
     
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    I used to have an '87 Turbo2 RX-7 and I loved that car. I will own another one as soon as my Subaru is paid off. Of course this time I'll toss the Rotary engine and throw in my Chevy 350. Much better power to weight ratio and a 50/50 balance with the use of aluminum heads and accessories.

    I like the looks of the RX-8. Smooth lines and it's a four door. It doesn't quite have the torque of the older ones though. As it is right now I don't think I'd plunk the money down for one. If there was a turbo then it's a different story. The rotary engines are just so much smoother up past 6000 rpm's and sound awesome.

    The Neon should have equal length shafts so torque steer should be very minimal. It does not come with an LSD so wheel spin is going to be a problem. And, I heard that it will be selling without all-season tires. If this is true then there are going to be plenty of wrecks during the winter for those who thought they were getting all-season tires. This is rumor though and I have not confirmed this.
    Dodge is heading in the right direction with this car. With the Subaru WRX & STi and Mitsubishi EVO, Dodge is on the right track.
     
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    The new Neon should have 245ft-lbs of torque & 215hp at the crank. The Neon SCC got was a ringer as far as anyone knows, unless the buyers start discovering they have way underspec'd engines also.
    I don't like the front of the RX-8, it looks like the designers were trying to make it interesting so they just kept adding curves. The back's cool and the suicide door is interesting. Mazda's said that this isn't intended to be an RX-7 replacement, so I guess we can't expect huge numbers from the engine. Too bad [​IMG]
     
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    I thought Ford owned Mazda, not Dodge. [​IMG] In other words, this funky Prowler looking thing looks fugly. I'll take a G35C, thank you.
     
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    I think the new RX-8 is super-cool. I love the rotary engine. Anyways, not to turn this into a Neon thread...but..

    ..That little car is gonna be SMOKIN'. Where else are you going to get that kind of performance for $19G or so?

    I own a standard Neon now. Yeah, it pretty much sucks, but it gets me back and forth to my son's day-care. I would seriously consider moving up to the SRT-4.
     
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    IMO that's just plain ugly. Too bad because I really liked the last generation of the RX7.
     

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