Registered: December 2007
LA's Best The RX-8 was developed to deliver distinctive styling and unparalleled driving excitement. At the same, the car also delivers high practicality, such as seating room for four adults, good fuel economy, and utility. The RX-8 is designed to meet the needs of active, sports-minded customers who enjoy spending time with friends and family. Furthermore, despite the absence of center pillars, the car provides a high level of safety, and was designed with environmental concerns in mind.
Mazda is the only automobile manufacturer to master the rotary engine and has done so for nearly four decades. The company made its international racing debut in the 1968 84-Hour Marathon de la Route endurance competition in Nurburgring, Germany, with the Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda's first rotary-engine sports car. Following the success of the Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda continued to make its mark with the rotary-powered R-100, RX-2, RX-3, RX-4, RX-5. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the Mazda RX-7 quickly established itself as the dominant car in its class, ultimately becoming the most successful model in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) history. Mazda then conquered Le Mans by winning the overall victory with the 787B racer, powered by the four-rotor engine.
Since its debut at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the brand new 2004 RX-8 has been touted as a sports car like no other. Propelled by the all-new RENESIS 13B rotary engine, the RX-8's twin rotors deliver 238 horsepower and one of the most pleasing engine sounds ever. Its unique, athletically sculpted styling features freestyle doors and enough passenger room for four full-size adults. It also offers perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
Engine Type 1.3 Liter Rotary Engine
Horsepower (Automatic) 238 @ 8500 RPM
197 @ 7200 RPM
Torque (Automatic) 159 @ 5500 RPM
164 @ 5000 RPM
Fuel Recommended Premium Unleaded.
Transmission 4-speed shiftable automatic or 6-speed Manual
Drive Type Rear wheel drive
Tires - Manual P225/45ZR18 performance tires
Tires - Automatic P225/55R16 performance tires
Overall Length 174.3"
Turning Diameter 34.8 ft Curb to Curb
Curb Weight Automatic - 3,053 lbs. Manual - 3,029 lbs
Fuel Tank 15.9 Gals.
Miles Per Gallon Automatic EPA city 18 , hwy 25, Manual EPA city 18 , hwy 24
Base Price $25,180 plus $520 Destination Charge