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2010 Mazda RX-8 Sport

2010 Mazda RX-8 Review

(3 Stars)  Rotary-powered rockstar

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

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 Sport Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.6L rotary two-cylinder none
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 304 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 232 hp @ 8,500 rpm; 159 ft lb of torque @ 5,500 rpm

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  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Tilt
Rear Spoiler
Cup Holders
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Limited Slip Differential
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Theft Deterrent System
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc Player
Sport Suspension
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
Wheel Locks
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