Pros Too drive the RX8 and get the best from it you need to BLEEP it, take the revs upto 9000rpm and you get the bleep, change gear repeat as required, this car will do 6.4 to 60 and eats M3's and S4's
Cons there are none
Summary I have owned 2 RX8's the R3 being the second and for the money you cant beat it
Pros The car is fast with a good driver. Shifting at 7000 is ridiculously low considering the power starts to really rush in at that point. It must be taken to 9000. Handling is spectacular along with a precise gearbox and brakes as good as exotics.
Cons The car has no torque (but it doesn't matter if you're shifting properly and in the right gear). It drink gas and loves a quart of oil per month.
Summary Besides the fact that the engine is not a "Wankel" and the engine is not a Re-knee-ses but a Renesis as in a play on words for RE = Rotary Engine and Genesis, the car is for a specific audience. Design is amazing along with the uniqueness of having a rotary engine. MPG also increases as the car ages due to the engine losing friction from wear. After 10k miles, expect high teens to 22mpg as EPA suggests.
Pros Outstanding handling; Brian forgot to mention stopping power: the RX-8 out-stops almost every other car on the road- that includes Lamborghinis, Ferraris, top line Porsches, etc. You could look it up.
Cons Car needs a bigger gas tank. Ingress/egress could be better, but it is sports car like.
Summary I wish CNET would stop reviewing cars, or just stick to articles on tech offerings in them. No one buys a car for bluetooth or an IPod adaptor, and if you do, you have no interest in cars to begin with.
Styling (subjective really, but I think its great)
Cons Lacks low end torque
Requires owner to be somewhat competent in routine car maintainance
Poor fuel economy
Summary These cars are a blast to drive! The low end torque issue really isn't an issue if you know how to drive the car right. This engine was built to rev high, and sounds/feels awesome doing it.
This is a drivers car, so I don't think knocking it for lack of technology is really fair. You should buy this car if you enjoy driving. I regularly turn off my stereo because sometimes I'd rather listen to the engine than to whatever is on the radio.
If you're comparing this car to a honda civic or ford focus, then yes, the fuel economy is terrible. But if you compare it to other sports cars in its class, the fuel economy is average. Also, the oil consumption is really a non-issue. It isn't too hard to add 1/4 quart of oil every other re-fuel, and the rotary engine is worth this small inconvenience.
Pros Amazing 9.5k RPM redline...and it roars beautifully.
Beautiful design inside and out.
Four comfortable seats.
Cons Resale value is kinda low, but good for you buyers if you buy used!
Yes, low gas mileage in its class but IT IS A SPORTS CAR.
This shouldn't be a con, but most people don't maintain their cars and it still runs. You need to check oil often...
Summary CNet gives a good overview of the car, but they are judging it for lacking navigation options? They deducted score on the 2005 model for lacking blue tooth? This is a DRIVER's car. Pure high-revving spirit. If you want blue-tooth crap or a rear view camera, buy a luxury car, this is not for you. High maintenence, relatively low fuel economy, but its a SPORTS CAR. Its meant to dance, not gun down a straight quarer mile, which is only a 7 second car. But any mountain road, any national park road or winding turns, this car will outsprint anything out there. And this car will feel faster than you'll ever need once you get the RPMs going, which is one of the greatest pleasures of driving. Plus its uncanny handling.
If you want technology or luxury, buy an Escalade.
If you want mind-numbing acceleration off the line, buy something else.
If you don't like to maintain your car, check oil regularly (this car is very reliable, but unlike some cars, if you don't take care of it like change oil when you're supposed to like most Americans, then this car will suffer), look elsewhere.
If you drive for the spirit of driving, want to feel the road, rev the hell out of the car, slide through turns like butter, with the practicality of four doors, then this car is for you :D.