Mazda RX-8 – good, but I’d have an MX-5 with a supercharger kit

Mazda RX-8 – good, but I’d have an MX-5 with a supercharger kit

I’ve had the moderately enviable experience of having driven Mazda’s RX-8 (currently in the Car and SUV garage) and the latest MX-5 (Mazda’s seminal sports coupe) around Pukekohe Park Raceway. While the RX-8 is a pretty nice car, it can’t touch the MX-5 for driver involvement and fun. The MX-5 is obviously slower, but with a supercharger kit that could be addressed. It’s not that the RX-8 is bad, because it is a lot of fun. It’s just that in the MX-5 you feel like you’re right in the middle of the car; right at the point where the car is in deep communication with you. It’s like you’ve got a heightened awareness of everything that the car is feeling. The RX-8, on the other hand, is quicker, and sounds like a mixture of a buzz saw and industrial strength blender fed through a resonant filter, and still is Both cars are impractical, though the RX-8 will allow you to take two midgets in the +2 rear seats. My choice would be to buy an MX-5 and use the money saved to modify it. The MX-5 is so perfectly balanced it’s hard to think of another car that’s not in supercar territory that gives you as much feedback. But if you absolutely must have a rotary engine, and you want something a bit different, then the RX-8 is going to be your choice.

I’ve had the moderately enviable experience of having driven Mazda’s RX-8 (currently in the Car and SUV garage) and the latest MX-5 (Mazda’s seminal sports coupe) around Pukekohe Park Raceway. While the RX-8 is a pretty nice car, it can’t touch the MX-5 for driver involvement and fun. The MX-5 is obviously slower, but with a supercharger kit that could be addressed. It’s not that the RX-8 is bad, because it is a lot of fun. It’s just that in the MX-5 you feel like you’re right in the middle of the car; right at the point where the car is in deep communication with you. It’s like you’ve got a heightened awareness of everything that the car is feeling. The RX-8, on the other hand, is quicker, and sounds like a mixture of a buzz saw and industrial strength blender fed through a resonant filter, and still is Both cars are impractical, though the RX-8 will allow you to take two midgets in the +2 rear seats. My choice would be to buy an MX-5 and use the money saved to modify it. The MX-5 is so perfectly balanced it’s hard to think of another car that’s not in supercar territory that gives you as much feedback. But if you absolutely must have a rotary engine, and you want something a bit different, then the RX-8 is going to be your choice.

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