Ah, the Mazda RX-8. Given that it shares many underpinnings with the NC Miata, has a high-reving, silky smooth powerplant, 4 doors and a useable backseat, it should be a shoo-in for my next car, right? Not at all.
The god-awful fuel consumption, spotty reliability and torqueless-wonder of an engine means that I approach all RX-8s with caution. Ideally, a piston-powered motor swap could be engineered, because I require total reliability (though to its credit, I see plenty of Torontonians driving their RX-8s in the snow). Then again, they have gotten so cheap that it’s almost worth it to take the risk. Almost.
For those who must have an RX-8 that comes with a warranty, Mazda is giving you another chance. Another 1,000 chances. If you live in Japan. The RX-8 Spirit R, complete with Recaro seats, Bilstein shocks, red brake calipers and a red interior, can be had.