Mazda RX-8 Review (2007)

Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8 Review

Mazda RX-8 Review | Part TwoMazda RX-8 Road Test

The Mazda RX-8 was introduced to our shores in October 2003; we last looked at the RX-8 in our in-depth Mazda RX-8 (February 2005).

The Mazda RX-8 was introduced to our shores in October 2003; we last looked at the RX-8 in our in-depth Mazda RX-8 review (February 2005). Occasionally we like to take another look at the cars we review to see if we have missed something or if there have been any significant improvements. Of course it does help when the car is a sports coupe.

There are quite a few sports coupes to choose from but what makes the Mazda RX-8 unique is not only its totally unconventional RENESIS rotary engine but it has four doors. On reflection Mercedes Benz now has a four door coupe the CLS, but this is a different kettle of fish and in a different price bracket.

Again we chose to drive the 231ps (high power) version, which is the most powerful of the two RX-8's; there is also a 192ps (low power) edition. We were going to drive the PZ version which was jointly developed with the motorsport company Prodrive, and specialist component suppliers Bilstein, Eibach and OZ Racing.
Mazda’s brief to Prodrive was to build on the remarkable attributes of the standard Mazda RX-8 and create a special model that delivers greater driver involvement and an even more rewarding motoring experience, with enhanced ride and handling, while staying true to the original concept and without compromising the car’s passenger comfort as a unique four-seater sports car.  We will take a look at the RX-8 PZ at a later date.

Mazda RX-8 Review | Part TwoMazda RX-8 Road Test
Mazda RX-8 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda RX-8 High Power (231 PS)
Body TypeCoupe
ColourStormy Blue Mica
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 21/05/07)£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

The information contained within this Mazda RX-8 review may have changed since publication on the 21 May 2007. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mazda dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019