2008 Mazda RX-8 Overview


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A Family Track Car! by Eric
 — Although the weak point of the RX8 is power, this car with only 238hp and 159 ft/lbs of torque pulls hard and is amazing in the twisties. For straight line peformance this is not your car and dont e... Read More
One Of The Top Three Sports Cars, 4 Door No Less, That Are Under $60,000. by KRM
 — The 2008 40th Anniversary Edition combines the Shinka edition with the grand touring model and comes with Sport suspension no less! This car gets 100 looks per mile as it is unique. The interior is q... Read More
Awsome Performance. by Luke
 — Couldn't ask for a better car. It is a superb performance car. The rotary engine revs much higher then any other car I've had and it handles perfectly nomatter what speed. On the open road you can put... Read More

2008 Mazda RX-8 Overview

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2008 Mazda RX-8

When it comes to road manners, the Mazda RX-8's sports-car presentation is a bit deceiving, and that may actually be a good thing. The RX certainly has a few unique sports-car features, like rear seats, a set of small rear doors similar to that of an extended-cab pickup, and, of course, its trademark rotary engine. Perhaps even more important, while most driving enthusiasts expect to sacrifice a supple ride in favor of handling, the RX-8 does not create such a quandary.

The RX-8 may not meet the criteria of a true sports car, but many owners and reviewers have found that it offers the ideal blend of smooth power delivery, tight handling, and a more subtle road feel. Seating for four adults is definitely an added convenience, but the RX-8's overall appeal is hindered by its low fuel economy and somewhat antiquated design, reminiscent of earlier RX generations.

The RX-8 can be had in one of three trim levels: Sport, Touring, or Grand Touring. All models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, a CD player, and full power accessories. During this model year, Mazda will also introduce a 40th-anniversary edition RX to commemorate Mazda's rotary engine, introduced in the 1960s. This special edition will be differentiated from other trims by Metropolitan Gray paint, a Cosmo Red leather interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, a firmer suspension, foglamps, a silver engine cover, and special badging.

The RX-8's 1.3-liter rotary engine can be paired with a either a six-speed paddle-shifting automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The manual raises horsepower from 212 to 232, because the engine redlines at 9,000 rpm, instead of 7,500. The RX-8 with manual transmission will speed from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds and turn the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds. Fuel economy is estmated at 16/22 mpg city/highway.


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How Many Rx8 40th Editon Were Made?

I just want to know how many came off the line?

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how many horse power for the new Mazda RX8 2008 ?

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