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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The most practical coupe, and fantastic to drive

Against The rotary engine guzzles oil and petrol

Verdict A brilliantly designed, fine-handling and well-built sports car at an affordable price

Go for… The fastest RX-8 is the best - go for the 228bhp version

Avoid… The 189bhp version isn't quite as quick, but it's still pretty fast

Mazda RX-8 Coupe
  • 1. Wonderfully inventive design gives it four doors, four seats and even a decent boot
  • 2. Don't worry if your car starts using oil at an alarming rate - this is normal for a rotary engine
  • 3. All cars have alloys, climate control, a CD multichanger, electric seats and stability and traction controls
  • 4. Two people can sit comfortably in the rear seats - almost unheard of in a coupe
  • 5. Go for the 228bhp car; although the lower-powered one is fast, the 228bhp car is something special
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