Originally Posted by DeeezNuuuts83
But when the car is already as old as it is and getting slapped around by the Mustang V-6, WRX and even the Mazdaspeed 3 on a track (i.e. Lightning Lap), it's time to make some changes.
You mean C&D's track comparison at VIR? It's a huge track with significant elevation changes that naturally favors high HP cars. The fact that the RX8 R3 was within a fraction of a second of cars with 30-40 more hp on a fast track like VIR speaks volumes. Put all those same cars on the Streets of Willow and you'll get a completely different set of results.
Having said that, it has been around 8 years since it hit the streets, and I agree, it's time for a successor (though, to be honest, I'm more interested in Mazda making it even lighter, than more hp... though more of that wouldn't hurt of course).