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Old 05-05-2007, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default 92x got a garage-mate!

Since selling my beautiful GC8 2.5RS when we relocated to BC, I've been missing such a car! Looked at the usual suspects of the segment (g35c, 350z, 330ci, TT, MX-5, RX-8)
My criteria was:

- sporty car
- able to take to the autoX events with minimal mods
- must have rear seats
- RWD/AWD
- well priced

Amongst all I felt the RX-8 was the most cohesive package. It offers wonderful out of the box handling and comfort. It doesn't share the chassis with any other car unlike the Nissan/Infiniti/bmw models so I know Mazda designed this car from the ground up. My Stage II 92x will cream it on a straightline race, but the 8 is so much fun to drive. And these days, I've just grown out of the hp thing. The rear seats are a pleasant surprise in terms of access too! And finally the insurance came to be lower than our 92x.
Here are some pix. Hopefully it will be broken in enough for the summer soloII season!












thanks for looking.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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Nice! my buddy has an RX 8 and my exgf had one too. I like the car a lot but my only complaint is it's a gas guzzler and needs a bit more power. Also I hate being in the passenger seat and not being able to see the speedometer! haha!

The shifting and handling though.. magic! Love that rotary engine too!
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:37 PM   #3
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Looks good. Love the colour.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:39 PM   #4
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definitely made the right choice
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:45 PM   #5
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That first pic is awesome...I would totally own one of these over a 350Z or G35 coupe.
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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Great looking car. It's so much nicer without the front plate!
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:34 PM   #7
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Nice car and great job on the pictures too.
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:45 PM   #8
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Great looking car. It's so much nicer without the front plate!
Yeah, leave the plate off. Risk getting pulled over, so worth the clean look in the front.
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:31 PM   #9
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Thanks all. It is a wonderful driver's car. Very well balanced from the ultra smooth drivetrain to the rifle-bolt shifter. I would say it's even funner than the S2k's shifter. Jumping back into the 92x the STi derived steering felt slow and for some reason the engine seems lazy. Different designs I suppose.
In terms of fuel consumption, I don't see it as much worse than the 92x (stageII) despite a few visits to 9000rpm. Time will tell.
My experience with the Nissan/Infiniti siblings were that of disappointment. While the VQ is a gem, the Z's interior was quite awful. Kia-like hard plastics everywhere. The G35C is a gorgeous are but felt heavy. One of my criteria was to take the car to autox/Track events with minimal mods. I didn't feel the G would fit the bill nicely. I don't even want to talk about my brief flirt with the squashed Beetle...<ahem> TT. The new NC MX-5 was nice tho and was a close second tho. Fun and cheap to run. But I get very paranoid with the top down when stopped at a traffic light in the middle of Street-peopleville aka Vancouver.
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:38 PM   #10
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Thanks all. It is a wonderful driver's car. Very well balanced from the ultra smooth drivetrain to the rifle-bolt shifter. I would say it's even funner than the S2k's shifter.
I recently drove an S2000 again and forgot how smooth their shifting was. It's such a huge plus to have a drivetrain/shift feel that doesn't suck ass.
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:51 PM   #11
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^^ no kidding!

i cruise around van with the top dropped all the time and i've never had any problems!

p.s. awesome choice and awesome pics!
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:56 PM   #12
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Great car, with at crappy engine...such a shame. I honestly love everything else about it. The handling is awesome, enjoy it!
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Old 05-05-2007, 06:54 PM   #13
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Great car, with at crappy engine...such a shame.
Can you please elaborate on this? For an engine that won quite a few design awards I am not sure how crappy it is.
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Old 05-05-2007, 07:42 PM   #14
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Any engine that starts with "Wank-" is a winner in my book.
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Old 05-05-2007, 07:44 PM   #15
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:35 PM   #16
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Don't know how much oil these things eat nowadays, I thought about owning a rotary - I always like the concept, but as my friend remind me, reciprocal engine has far too many people using it and thus a lot more R&D to make it better. The main concern is that as a tuner, the apex seal is never strong enough - you have to be dead on with your AFR or else you'll be blowing seals left right center. Handling is top-notch, and thus a few in the states are now swapping pushrods into FD/FCs
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:46 PM   #17
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Don't get me wrong, in theory the wankel is really cool. I like the idea, but in practice not so much. For a car that weighs just over 3000lbs and having no torque to speak of, getting 18 mpg in the city is really awful. The burning oil from new thing is a problem too. I used to love Wankels, but I guess I just liked them because they were different.
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:14 PM   #18
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Very nice car, I took one for a nice hard drive and had fun, the smooth gearbox and motor are a nice change
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:49 AM   #19
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The engine was the only thing that kept this off my list when I was thinking about getting a newer 2-door... Rotaries scare the crap outta me :P

But for someone who's not planning on ****ing with the engine, or knows them well, its a great car imo
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:08 PM   #20
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I agree. Most people are afraid of what they do not know. Fortunately we have had 2 RX-7s in the past and have raced each too to varying degrees.
I wasn't a fan of the 8 when it came out but after test driving a few let's just say that I repent from my ignorant ways!
The car is a marvel of Mazda's development. Having now own this for the last coupla weeks I have noticed the careful thought process that Mazda put towards the development of the rx-8. Hence you don't see yearly "upgrades" on the car since 04. Interestingly in the latest C&D against the likes of the Mustang GT Shelby, 350z, TT mkII the rx-8 came out tops. I can agree as because the car is such harmonious machine both on the track and daily drives. Off driving!
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Old 05-06-2007, 03:53 PM   #21
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On the track, the Mazda couldn’t make up for its woeful lack of torque and posted the slowest time around the circuit.
I wonder why they haven't released a turbocharged version yet?

It's got one of the nicest looking front ends out there IMHO, nice car.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:24 PM   #22
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There's turbo kits and a supercharger kit coming out.. my friend's looking into it already!
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:51 PM   #23
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the reason why the FD rx-7tt was notoriously unreliable was due to turbocharging. the rotary itself is a reliable piece of kit. I doubt your friend will find F/I-ing the rx-8 to be a satisfactory endeavour.
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Old 05-07-2007, 04:49 PM   #24
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the engine issues were limited to 04s and some early 05s. the 06 and up are healthy and apparently smoother than the older ones. You don't just drive the rx-8 so much so as wearing it thus it comes and extension of your body mechanical symbiosis!
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Yeah it reminds me of a larger miata.
but with a roof... and a back seat.
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