"One of a kind; a marval of engineering showcase"4.5 starson by lewisliaw
Pros: INCREDITBLE Balanced Handling, strong brakes, surprising space/utility, super smooth engine, good looks, slick 6sp, comfy ride for a sports car, great cabin and seats that holds during cornering,
Cons: Fuel/oil comsumption, Road Noise, seats lacks lumber support, lack low-end torque, murcky sounding Bose stereo especially radio, not much else
Summary: This is truely an unique automobile in its engineering of the rotory engine and seating/door configuration to its wonderful blend of ride/handling, space/sportiness, among other things that I was attracted too. The handling limit is very high yet balanced and is willing to rotate smoothly unlike most sports cars that understeers or breakloose in unpredictable manner. Mazda is able to do this without putting up an ultra firm ride like the 350Z or the EVo and STi. The only other sports car that rides better is the Corvette but that car isn't as nimble. The engine is buttery smooth and revving up the engine never felt so guilty free and enjoyable; the slick manual helps too, just hope there's more torque to pull the car when I am stock in traffic(but that isn't what this car is build for) I found raising the shifting point didn't affect the fuel consumption too much so basically I change the way I drive manuals with this car. shifting at 3-4500rpm during normal traffic where as 2000 shift in my Audi A6.
Fuel consumption is below its class at around 18mpg for non aggressive driving and 16mpg when I get semi aggressive.
I had to add about 1 quart of oil every 5000 which isn't too bad but the factory oil was bad and needed flushing the engine after only 5000.
In sum, this is truely a fantastic sports car that satisfy most of my go fast ego and providing suprising utility and civility in the process. No car is perfect, but if fun balance handling with smooth and somewhat powerful engine is what your looking for, look no further.
I looked at the 350Z and the S2000 and even consider stepping up to the Corvette but felt those vehicles beg for too much compromise in space and ride althought all are more powerful and faster. But one thing to keep in mind is that speed is something you can get used to but too find a balanced handling car out of the factory is rare and that is why I decided to lease a RX8 instead of the others.