The only negative against the RX-8 is fuel economy, which sits at 12.8 L/100 km in the city and 9.2 on the highway.
|The RX-8 is an ideal balance of sport and comfort that's perfect for everyday driving, providing performance and functionality at a reasonable price. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press) |
It's not awful, but at 8.2 L/100 km on the highway and 11.9 in the city Nissan's much more powerful 350Z is easier on the wallet. Rotary engines have never been particularly fuel efficient, and in today's $44 per barrel crude oil world a car's fuel consumption is more important than ever before.
But its thirsty nature wouldn't turn me off buying one, if I were in the market that is. I had one of the best mornings I can remember, grinning from ear to ear as I dusted off the island's serpentine backcountry roads. The RX-8 is a blast to drive, somehow managing to be edgy and comfortable at the same time; an ideal balance for everyday driving.
Specifications (6-speed manual):
- Price Range (MSRP): $36,795 - $43,595
- Body Type: 4-door coupe
- Layout: front engine, RWD
- Engine: 238 hp, 159 lb-ft of torque, 2-rotor rotary
- Transmission: 6-spd manual
- Performance (0 - 100 km/h): 6.8 seconds
- Brakes (front/rear): disc/disc, ABS
- Curb Weight: 1,384 kg (3,051 lbs)
- Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 12.8 / 9.2 L/100 km
- Warranty (mo/km): 36/80,000 comprehensive - 60/100,000 powertrain
- Direct Competitors: none
- Web Site: www.mazda.ca
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