Used Mazda RX-8 Coupe 2003 - 2011 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2011 review
Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
  • Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
  • Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
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Our recommendations

Which used Mazda RX-8 coupe should I buy?

All RX-8s use a 1.3-litre rotary engine, which uses spinning rotors rather than cylinders to generate its power. This allows a higher rev limit, so you can squeeze more out of each gear. Mazda is the only manufacturer to use such an engine, but they've been at it for years and really know what they're doing.

You can have either a 228bhp version, or a slightly de-tuned version that delivers a still-healthy 189bhp. Both are very quick, but the 228bhp gives that bit of extra performance that makes you feel like you're in something really special. That makes it our favourite, but whichever version you choose, you won't be disappointed.

There's just one trim level for both versions, but lots of kit is provided. All cars have alloy wheels, climate control, electric windows, a nine-speaker Bose sound system with CD multichanger, electrically adjustable seats and stability and traction controls.