The Mazda RX-8 is perhaps one of the finest cars of the present, a revolution on what’s to be understood as a genuine sports car, which is perhaps why it wasn’t really a success in pretty much none of the markets it went on sale in.
The only conventional sports car stuff the Mazda RX-8 had was the traditional front engine – rear wheel drive setup, it had a great weight distribution, was relatively light and it looked very striking.
Where things get unconventional is in the engine, it may develop 210 horsepower (in its lowest form) but it was no more than a 1.3 liter Wankel powerplant, famed for a pretty high fuel consumption, an excessive oil burning behavior and a lack of torque.
Things got a little bit more weird with the interior. While the Mazda RX-8 didn’t have anything inside that is wrong or unusual looking but the way you get in is rather special. The striking sports car we have here actually had four doors with the rear ones being suicide ones.
I’ve talking about the Mazda RX-8 mostly in a past tense because even though at the moment it is still in production the Japanese already announced killing it off and there’s even talk about of the follow-up model not being very far behind.