Mazda RX-8 Review (2005)

Mazda RX-8
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Mazda RX-8 Review

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The Mazda RX-8 was launched in the UK in October 2003 and has taken the UK sports coupe market by storm.

The Mazda RX-8 was launched in the UK in October 2003 and has taken the UK sports coupe market by storm. With the introduction of the RX-8 Mazda have created a 4-door, 4-seat coupe that is both practical and exciting to drive.

At the heart of the RX-8 is the RENESIS rotary engine which functions in a totally different way to a conventional internal combustion engine and was developed by German inventor Felix Wankel a man who didn't hold a driving licence or an engineering degree.

On his death Mazda Motor Corporation continued to develop engines without valves and connecting rods according to the Wankel principle. The result is the RENESIS engine - the most powerful non-turbo Mazda rotary engine.

The RX-8 is available with a choice of two power versions the entry level producing 192 PS and the flagship model producing 231 PS. Prices range from £20,500 for the 192 PS model and rise to £22,300 for the 231 PS model.

As motoring journalists we drive a large number of cars every year and sadly you do become immune to the novelty of a new car - but this was not the case with the RX-8 we couldn't wait to drive it.

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Mazda RX-8 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda RX-8 High Power (231 PS)
  
Body TypeCoupe
ColourWinning Blue Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.4 Seconds
Top Speed 146 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban18.1 mpg
Extra Urban32.5 mpg
Combined25.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-years or 60,000 miles (whichever occurs first) from date of registration, with unlimited mileage in the first year
Price (when tested on the 14/02/05)£ 22,300 OTR
Car as tested £ 24,125
included Leather upholstery - includes power driver's seat and heated driver and front passenger seats £1500
Metallic paint £325

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