The four-door 2009 Mazda RX-8 gives enthusiasts more to love than ever with aggressive new styling front and rear, full-size seats for four, and a new, top-of-the-line R3 trim level that adds exclusive performance-enhancing details. Other trim level choices include the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Producing 152 lb-ft of torque, the rear-wheel-drive Mazda RX-8 is powered by a 1.3L rotary engine that has 212 hp and redline of 7,500 rpm with the six-speed automatic transmission, while the six-speed manual transmission version is good for 232 hp and a redline of 9,000 rpm. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and 18 mpg in combined driving. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, front side airbags and front side curtain airbags, while stability control comes on all but the Sport trim level. As Mazda RX-8 photos depict, the coupe is equipped with a pair of rear-hinged "suicide" doors to the backseats. The base Sport features 18-inch wheels and performance tires, a rear lip spoiler on manual transmission trims, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.Read more Read less
For 2009, Mazda's RX-8 gets a restyling that is more "evolution" than "revolution." The front fascia has been updated, with a deeper grille and more aggressive headlights, while the back end features larger exhaust pipes. Inside, the RX-8 gets new seats as well as a revised center console. Inside, the steering wheel and instrument cluster have been revamped and the tachometer features a "variable red zone," which gets higher as the high-revving Wankel rotary engine warms up to optimal temperature. Other mechanical changes include a revised gear ratio for sportier acceleration, a stiffer front end and revised rear suspension geometry. Fuel tank capacity has increased to 17 gallons. Sport models get 18-inch wheels and larger front disc brakes. Touring models now incorporate the Performance Package, while adding auto-dimming mirrors, Homelink, and 6-disc CD stereo. Grand Touring cars gain automatic climate control, Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers, and three-position seat memory. A new R3 Sport Package positioned above Grand Touring adds a stiffer suspension with Bilstein shocks, 19-inch aluminum wheels, more supportive Recaro front seats, premium Bose stereo, Bluetooth hands-free phone access and rear spoiler. Last year's 40th Anniversary model has been dropped.
Unique, high-revving RENESIS rotary engine, free-flow door system with room for four adults, excellent handling.
The 2009 Mazda RX-8 offers a unique driving experience in the automobile world. Not only is the twin-rotor 1.3-liter RENESIS rotary engine the only one of its kind, but no other car in the class offers four doors. Add to the mix an attractive entry price, and the RX-8 easily competes with the Infiniti G35 coupe, Nissan 350Z coupe, and BMW 3-Series coupe. Mazda has worked to refine the Wankel rotary engine, and the powerplant benefits from fewer moving parts and much better balance than traditional combustion engines. The RX-8's perfect 50-50 weight distribution equates to crisp, nimble handling in all conditions.
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