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September 14, 2010

Mazda RX8 – Promises Comfort and a Powerful Engine

Mazda RX-8

Truly enough, Mazda RX8 came out with better performance and look. Although it still uses the standard Wankel rotary engine, the RX8 has been enhanced with a 16V Renesis engine. The earlier RX models use 13V rotary engines capable of displacing 1.3 liters of fuel that could yield 237 horsepower. But in the RX8 model, the 16V Renesis engine is capable of producing 238hp at 1.6 liters displacement.

Another distinguishing feature of the Mazda RX8 is its balanced weight from front to rear. The car’s weight is almost evenly distributed with almost an even 50:50 distribution on the front and mid-portion. This near perfect balance was attained due to the placing of the engine behind the front axle and the fuel tank in the middle, right before the rear axle.

The RX8’s appearance is also quite unique. Its doors are almost similar to suicide doors, only that it does not have B-pillars between the front and rear doors. Due to this, the front overlap the rear door and that the rear doors can be opened only once the front doors are open. Apart from its distinct appearance, the RX8 is also spacious for four people. On the front seat, more room is given between the driver and the front passenger, while the two passengers at the back can be comfortably seated.

On the downside, the much-publicized Mazda RX8 seem to have not performed according to expectations. The initial announcement of a 247hp capability of the 6-speed manual transmission sports car raised some eyebrows. With its 1.6-liter engine, the 247hp power is rendered doubtful. And it turned out that a number of RX8 owners were dismayed that the car did not produce as much power and speed as was published. Later, Mazda North America Office revised the output from 247hp to 238hp.

The soon-to-be-released 2008-2009 Mazda RX8 will not have that much change except that the chassis bracings were increased to add more rigidity and some other cosmetic changes whoch will make the Mazda RX8 contract hire a popular choice. The 2008-2009 model will also feature a two-rotor rotary engine to deliver better driving performance. This engine is smaller and lighter so it promises the same speed, while providing more comfort.

Darrell F writing about the Mazda RX8 which is available on Mazda contract hire and the RX8 leasing.

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