Mazda Monthly Update: May 2003 | Part Three

Free Prodrive Performance Driving Tuition For All Mazda RX-8 Customers

This summer will see the launch of one of the most exciting cars to go on sale in the UK, the Mazda RX-8, and with only 3,000 available with a price tag starting at just £20,000 they are unlikely to remain in showrooms for long.

Powered by Mazda's unique rotary engine, the Mazda RX-8 is a powerful car with perfect 50/50 weight distribution that offers outstanding handling characteristics at a fraction of the cost of other 'supercars'.

As with all cars that have high power and superb handling it is important that the owner knows how to exploit the combination of power and handling to get the best out of the Mazda RX-8, particularly with the unique power delivery of the RENESIS rotary engine.

With all high powered cars it is also important to ensure that the power and handling are exploited safely and with this in mind Mazda is offering each Mazda RX-8 customer a free day's performance driver training from rally and vehicle preparation specialists Prodrive. The day will teach Mazda RX-8 owners to get the most fun and enjoyment out of their new car while driving safely.

Based at their vehicle testing ground in Warwickshire, Prodrive will take Mazda RX-8 customers through an intensive one day performance driving course which will include track driving. This will demonstrate to the customer where the car's limits are and how to fully exploit the power and handling. There will then be a road driving element, which will not be about teaching how to drive, but about positioning on the road for safety, safe use of power available and safe overtaking techniques.

If a customer cannot travel to Prodrive's Warwickshire facility then the Prodrive instructor will travel to the customer's home and carry out more extensive road driving training.

Mazda RX-8 Is The New Company Car Tax Sports Car Champion

Company car drivers are set to reap financial rewards by choosing the tax-busting Mazda RX-8 when it goes on sale.

The all-new four-seater sports car is being positioned against performance derivatives of saloons and coupes from major manufacturers and this gives it an edge among other sports cars in the company car stakes.

As a result the £20,000 192ps Mazda RX-8 and the £22,000 231ps derivative are the tax-efficient choice for company car drivers when compared with rivals from manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Honda and Mercedes-Benz.

The 40% tax paying company car driver choosing the 192ps Mazda RX-8, which returns 26.2 mpg will pay £231.17 a month in benefit-in-kind tax despite the car having a CO2 emission figure which puts it into the 35% tax bracket in 2003/04.

It is Mazda RX-8’s high specification and low P11D price which give it its tax advantage.

For example, the 40% tax paying company car driver of the BMW 325 Ci Sport, which also pumps out 192ps, carries a CO2 tax liability of 27% (217 g/km). However, with a P11D value of £27,730 the high rate taxpayer will pay £249.57 a month – an extra £18.40 a month or £220.74 a year over the RX-8.

Published 19 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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