The RX-8 R3 I drove weighed in a $33,000, which puts it a few large more expensive than the Subaru WR-X, but it delivers a different class of driving. While the WR-X provides a thrilling ride, its strength lies in the phenomenal thrust-to-weight ratio that the powerful engine and light body offer. The RX-8 on the other hand offers almost as good acceleration, but with far better handling and styling. On the other side, a BMW Z4 Roadster Coupe offers similar handling, better build quality and a more posh brand – at a significant price premium and without a rear seat. All this makes the RX-8 a solid value for the driving enthusiast.
Mazda has put together a very attractive package with the RX-8 R3, providing lots of thrilling driving in a car that turns heads. While the stereo is phenomenal, it does not offset the overall build quality – unless you are OK with cranking it up to cover any creaks or rattles. I enjoyed my time with this car and wished I had room for it in my garage. With cat-like agility and a wide power band, the RX-8 will make you want to take up long Sunday drives on twisting mountain roads- or maybe just pretend you are Speed Racer yourself.
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