Epic value for any petrolhead
Added: 29th of April 2021
The RX8 gets a bad reputation from people who don't appreciate sports cars. It will get 22mpg on a really good day, and if you don't know anything about Wankel engines and you don't service your cars regularly, it will die within 20k miles. If this is a problem, do yourself a favour and buy a diesel Golf. In fact, just take the bus. The RX8 is not for you. If you are capable of checking oil levels without a warning light, and you can tolerate the obscene road and petrol taxes, the Mazda RX8 is an absurd bargain. It's a jack of all trades. If you've got a B road to yourself, the 9.5k rev limit and crisp gearbox are addictive, and the balanced handling makes you believe that you can actually drive. It's also a surprisingly comfortable cruiser, with room for 4 6' guys, a cracking stereo, decent boot, smooth engine, and an shockingly refined cabin, especially for a Japanese car. It also works as a cheap club motorsports car, as it comes with a limited slip differential as standard. You can even rebuild your own engine if you're particularly adventurous! As a side note, the 13B-MSP engine doesn't deserve the hate. It has bags of character, beautiful power delivery and a great soundtrack. Wankel engines are also perfectly reliable, so long as you treat them like Wankel engines. The only drawback is the cost of petrol and road tax. If you can stomach that, the Mazda RX8 will prove a very capable car, no matter what you want from it. It's a miniature GT car, and nothing else comes close for the price. All it requires is an owner who understands what they're buying. The RX8 only makes sense in smiles per gallon.