2009 Mazda RX8 Review

April 6, 2009 by admin  
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RX8 Review. The Mazda RX8 is a pure sports car with a unique engine configuration and an unusual passenger layout. It gives the driver an exciting and dynamic experience. The RX8 is powered by a Wankel rotary engine and follows a long line of Mazda models (including the respected RX7) powered by rotary engines.

The 2009 Mazda RX8 receives design enhancements that are meant to freshen the styling and give Mazda RX8 a new look, without impairing the basic design theme. Refinements for the 2009 Mazda RX8 include restyled front and rear bumpers and front fascia; sporty, high quality finish front and rear headlamps; and larger exhaust pipes (now measuring 90 mm across). the 2009 Mazda RX8 also offers a new five-spoke wheel design featuring a symbolic and sporty design reminiscent of the rotary engine, with different arrangements for each wheel size.

The taut muscular lines give the 2009 Mazda RX8 the liberating look of an athlete in motion. The Mazda RX8’s exterior styling presents a genuine sports car form, while the interior boasts a comfortable and intelligently designed cabin. Minor enhancements were made for the 2009 Mazda RX8 to provide a simple and functional interior design that supports driving pleasure. An extremely low cabin floor allows the seats to be mounted low in the chassis, which, along with a low instrument cluster and hood, allows a low center of gravity and allows outstanding occupant visibility. Mazda designers concentrated on the shape of the front seat backs and the rear seat cushions to ensure adequate rear-seat knee room. Front seat slide-rails are positioned to allow maximum leg room for rear-seat passengers.

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The rotary design element is incorporated through the interior of the 2009 Mazda RX8 in creative ways, appearing in the seats. Mazda’s design team examined every aspect and component of the interior and has created an elegant, driver-centric atmosphere. While minimal, these performance changes give Mazda RX8 increased acceleration and performance, as well as even greater responsiveness to the accelerator pedal – always a rotary-engine and Mazda RX8 hallmark.

To achieve this sophisticated dynamic, Mazda utilizes the advanced RENESIS (Rotary Engine genesis – or rebirth of the rotary engine) engine. The Mazda RX 8 remains the only mass-produced rotary-powered passenger car in the world. the 2009 Mazda RX8 is available as either a 232-horsepower model fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, or a 212-horsepower model fitted with a six-speed Sport A/T automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a Formula 1-style driving experience.

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By turning a triangular rotor in a cocoon-shaped combustion chamber, the 2009 Mazda RX8’s rotary engine efficiently performs the four processes of intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. The RENESIS engine is remarkably smooth and high revving — all the way to 9,000 rpm (7,500 rpm on Sport A/T-equipped models) — and offers a smaller engine footprint than traditional internal combustion engines (some 60 percent smaller and lighter than a comparably powered V-6, and 40 percent smaller and lighter than a four-cylinder).

Improving upon 40 years of rotary designs, the RENESIS engine features side intake and exhaust ports with nearly 30 percent more intake port and twice as much exhaust port than its predecessors. The 2009 Mazda RX8 uses an aluminum double-wishbone front suspension, reducing unsprung weight over the use of steel components. Mazda engineers have chosen to pursue their own path by using an electric motor for steering assistance rather than a conventional power-steering pump.

To cater to the driving-conscious enthusiast, the 2009 Mazda RX8 will offer a new R3 sport package. Inside, the R3 adds a 300-watt Bose® audio system with Centerpoint® surround sound and AudioPilot® noise compensation technology, Blue-tooth hands-free phone system, front Recaro sport seats with leather side bolsters, leather-wrapped parking brake handle and Mazda advanced key-less entry and start system.

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Three other trim levels are also offered the 2009 Mazda RX8 including: a Sport trim, a Touring trim (adds HID headlights, fog lamps, auto dimming mirror with Homelink® and 6-disc auto changer on top of the Sport trim features and DSC; add 18-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, sport-tuned suspension and larger front disc brakes to these items for A/T cars, and Bose® audio system, moon-roof, SIRIUS satellite radio are offered as the package option), and a Grand Touring trim (on top of the Touring trim features, adds automatic air conditioner, Blue-tooth hands-free phone system, Bose® audio system auto headlight, rain sensing wiper, power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory function, leather seating surfaces — heated front seats— and heated outside mirrors and Mazda Advanced Key-less Entry & Start system.

When designing the 2009 Mazda RX8, safety was given as much of a priority as was performance. For Mazda, the safety process incorporates both accident avoidance and accident protection. Mazda engineers integrated numerous active and passive safety elements throughout the car. Other standard passive systems on the Mazda RX8 include front airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags and side-curtain airbags.

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2 Responses to “2009 Mazda RX8 Review”
  1. Hello, can you please post some more information on this topic? I would like to read more.

  2. Thomas says:

    Long live the RX-8. I love the looks of this car. And the fact that it has perfect 50/50 weight distribution along with rear-wheel drive makes it a winner in my book. Bummer is the powerplant is puny! I mean 232 HP from a sports car. Please……luckily there are some aftermarket turbo kits available.

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