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2012 Mazda RX 8 review

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Expected to make a big splash in the sports car pond, the 2012 Mazda RX-8 is with its innovative 4-door design, is shipping to dealers in Spring/Summer 2012. With the same performance profile that has popularized its predecessors, the RX8 promises to continue the tradition of superior performance and handling. Owners in this class who expect superior performance and sports car perfection in the new 2012 Mazda RX 8 speed and handling will be thrilled.

All pre-unveiling buzz indicates that Mazda RX-8 will offer a choice of two rotary power plants, but the the 2012 Mazda RX-8 price will not differ by much. The high performance rotary engine that will power one of the two models will generate 247 horsepower at 8,500 rpm with a redline of 9,000. The lower performance power plant develops 207 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and redlines at 7,200 rpm. Since there is no reciprocating vibration in a Wankel engine, the engine runs very smoothly, even turbine-like. This affords the 2012 Mazda RX-8 driver an exceptionally smooth ride and thrilling acceleration. Once you have driven a Wankel, you don't want to go back to the reciprocating piston engine.

With a 50/50 weight distribution front to back, the 2012 Mazda RX 8 is very well balanced and has been engineered with an exceptionally low center of gravity. Mazda has used the most recent advances in carbon fiber and manufacturing techniques to keep the weight of the RX 8 down while maintaining strength. Mazda will ship with two transmission configurations, state of the art suspension, and beefy brakes:

A close-ratio 6-speed manual for the higher end power plant A 4-speed automatic with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel to achieve a "semi-manual" mode for the lower end model Double-wishbone front suspension and long-link multilink rear suspension Disc brakes with ABS are used all round with a heavier "Sport" version optional

There may be some debate over the practicality of a sports car with seating for four. The 2012 Mazda RX-8 is a little unusual in that it sports suicide rear doors to make entry into the back seats much easier. Overall, the cockpit is spacious and comfortable for average sized adults. Instrumentation is ergonomically placed and easily read. The 2012 Mazda RX 8 will be a classic in its thoughtful design and unique features:

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