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2010 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

2010 Mazda RX-8 Review

(3 Stars)  Rotary-powered rockstar

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The only rotary engine in the automotive world lies within the Mazda RX-8. An Iconic power plant for decades, and used to its best potential in the now out of production RX-7. The RX-8 continues Mazda's tradition of sports cars built around the tiny rotary engine. It is however, a sedan, rather than the previous coupes. A none to portly 3000 LB. curb weight combined with perfect 50/50 front to rear weight distribution, make the RX-8 a best of class handling machine. Unfortunately, the rotary engine cannot produce the kind of power that is usually found in models in this segment. A better corner carver than a straight line rocket.

The 1.3 liter twin rotor engine isn't the most fuel efficient and it lacks much power in the lower rev range, but once spooled up, things get much better. 232 HP comes at 9000 RPM's. This is only available with the manual. With the automatic transmission power is limited to 212 hp. While these numbers are hardly earth shaking, the power delivery from this rotary engine is some of the smoothest to be found.

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2010 RX-8 Grand Touring Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.6L rotary two-cylinder none
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 321 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 212 hp @ 7,500 rpm; 159 ft lb of torque @ 5,500 rpm

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'10 Mazda Grand Touring Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Locks
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