Mazda RX-8 Review

Mazda RX-8
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Mazda RX-8 Review

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Normally we are not too keen on Japanese interior design, preferring the more clinical Germanic and Scandinavian styling - but the RX-8 is an exception to our rule.

How It Looks - Interior

Normally we are not too keen on Japanese interior design, preferring the more clinical Germanic and Scandinavian styling - but the RX-8 is an exception to our rule.

There are some great design touches such as the impressive instrument panel featuring a 3-sectioned cluster with a large central tachometer and digital speedometer. The black interior plastics are of a good quality and are enhanced with stylish aluminium finishes.

The central rev counter dominates the instrument cluster with two smaller intersecting circles housing the oil, water temperature, and fuel gauges. The rev counter's hand rests at the six o'clock position, with 8,000 rpm at the twelve o'clock position and the red line cutting in at one o'clock. The speed is relayed digitally which is easy to read.

Infotainment

BOSE premium audio system with nine speakers, six CD auto-changer and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

Rivals
  • Audi TT, BMW Z4, Chrysler Crossfire, Honda S2000, Hyundai Coupe, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Nissan 350Z
What We Liked
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Exterior & interior styling
  • Innovative freestyle doors
  • 4 seats
What We Disliked
  • Fuel economy
What We'd Like To See
  • An auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto-on headlights
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
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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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