Responsive handling; 9000 rpm redline; useable backseats.
Mazda's RX-8 stands proudly as the only production automobile with a rotary engine. The RX-8's "RENESIS" rotary engine has fewer moving parts than a conventional engine and with no reciprocating parts can spin effortlessly to 9000 rpm (with manual transmission). The RX-8 is rear wheel drive and can be had with either a six-speed short-throw manual transmission or a six-speed automatic that can be operated manually via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Clearly though, what makes the RX-8 really special is its seemingly perfect balance of sports car handling and ride comfort. The direct steering and solid handling inspires much confidence during spirited driving. Compared to its main rival, the Nissan 350Z, the RX-8 is close to 300 pounds lighter and provides a better overall "connection" between driver and road.
For 2007, three trim levels are offered on the RX-8: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Standard interior amenities on the Sport model include power windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and a CD player. Electric power steering, a front strut tower brace and a tire pressure monitoring system are also standard. The manual transmission also receives a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloys (versus 16-inch wheels on the automatic), limited-slip rear differential, lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft, and aluminum pedals. The Touring trim level adds a power moonroof, xenon headlights, six-disc CD changer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and fog lights. The Grand Touring model adds dynamic stability control, heated mirrors, keyless start, leather seat trim with heated seats, and a power driver seat.
If you need to be able to haul four people and thought you couldn't have a real sports car, then you owe yourself a solid look at a 2007 Mazda RX-8.
Changes are minor for the Mazda RX-8's fifth year of production; most notable is a six-disc in-dash CD changer that is now standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The "Shinka" special edition trim level has been discontinued for 2007.
Most sports car's back seats are suitable for children or storage and not much else. Mazda's 2007 RX-8 breaks the sports car mold by offering real back seat capacity for two adults. Access to the rear seats is made easy by "free style" rear opening doors. Engine performance is brought by a naturally-aspirated 1.3L rotary engine making 232 horsepower at 8500 rpm (212 horsepower at 7500 rpm with the automatic transmission) and 159 lb-ft of torque at 5500 rpm. More impressive is the nimble and direct handling, due in part to its perfect 50/50 front/rear weight balance. Pricing begins at $26,435 for the Sport model (manual or auto), $29,535 for the manual Touring model or $30,335 for the Touring model with automatic transmission. Pricing for the Grand Touring model starts at $31,070 for the manual and $31,770 for the automatic.
Vehicle Price: 27,030.00
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