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2009 Mazda RX-8

Posted in General, Mazda by Geoff | August 12th, 2008 | 9 Responses |

2009 RX-8
The 2009 RX-8

No matter how many times that little kid might have whispered, “Zoom Zoom” on T.V., there has been an upper-end performance vacuum at Mazda since the plug was pulled on the RX-7. Regardless of what Mazda might say about its performance, when the first 2009 RX-8s arrive at dealers, the most important upgrade customers will find is not in its horsepower, but in its warranty.

For years Rotary engines have lived and died by the stories that have circulated about its durability. A retired Mazda mechanic once told me that in the early 90’s he was able to “coax” back into operation (with a crowbar) a Rotary engine that had seized from a faulty oil pump. He called it a “bullet proof” engine. However, the fact that very few used RX-7’s are still on the road with their original engine doesn’t seem to give much credence to that story.  Now, in an effort to demonstrate the engine’s reliability, Mazda is retroactively covering the unique engine in all 2004 and newer RX-8’s for eight years and 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The rest of the powertrain warranty remains at five years/60,000 miles.

Unchanged for 2009 is the 232-hp, 1.3-liter Rotary engine that gets a rather paltry 22 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. Mazda is, however, beefing up the RX-8’s driving dynamics with the addition of a new R3 sport package which adds a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and front suspension crossmembers filled with urethane foam. Filling the crossmembers with this material makes for a smoother ride and greater suspension control. Also, the rear suspension geometry has been reconfigured for better handling performance and driveshaft rigidity, improving performance. To see the RX-8 on the track check out the BBC’s s Top Gear, which gives it a surprisingly favorable review.

RX-8 Interior
RX-8 Interior

On the visual side of the package, a rear spoiler, side sills, fog lights and aggressively-styled front bumper are added to give the RX-8 a more menacing appearance, along with 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with high performance tires. Inside, the R3 adds a 300-watt BOSE® audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, front Recaro sport seats with leather side bolsters, leather-wrapped parking brake handle and Mazda advanced keyless entry and start system. The two plus two suicide doors layout will also be preserved for the second generation RX-8 as well. Additionally, a variable red-zone was added to the tachometer that rises as the engine comes to operating temperature. The RX-8 is priced between $26,435 and $31, 930.

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9 Responses

  1. Brad says:

    It looks aggressive, but it doesn’t seem like a lot of bang for the buck. Lower MPG and still kind of slow. Sure it has some nice suspension features and a sporty interior. But for the price? I’d go with an Evo X anyday.

  2. Suzanne Denbow says:

    RX-8 Driver Motto: I Enjoy Putting Out Rotary Engine Fires.

  3. Jim Patterson says:

    I have a 2004 Mazda RX-8, and in all honesty, I prefer the exterior appeal of my 2004 to the newly awfully designed 2009. Surely the interior addition of the new seats, bigger 19″ wheels, suspension and other upgrades are nice. But to do nothing as far as boosting the horsepower to at least 300 or better, as well as improvements on the exterior styling of the car, will most likely result in my considering future purchasing of competitor autos that are better in design and power than the 2009 Mazda RX-8. The exterior add-ons to the new 2009 Mazda RX-8 are just awful. What a waste for a car that has so much potential to be better than RX-8 engineers are producing.

  4. eric lanning says:

    The 19″ wheels, Recaro seats Bilstein shocks etc… come on the R3 only. Yes the car sucks fuel like a truck driver drinks coffee you loose stoplight races to Hondas but who cares. I love the fact that it fit’s me like a glove and handles like a lightweight supercar. Oh and the sound of the rotors spinning at 9000 rpm. Nice! It’s not for everyone, that’s what makes it that much better. Oh by the way Jim, I like the new style and add ons, the potential still exists in the rx 8 Mazda just gave you a taste in the R3.

  5. eric lanning says:

    Just add TURBO

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