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2005 Mazda RX8 Review

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There are times when testing a new car can be a real pain.

In the case of the 2005 Mazda RX8, it was having to say goodbye.

It was like when the bell rang.

Recess was over.

No more fun until next time.

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After a few days of getting used to it, I had come to really enjoy the 1.3-liter rotary engine - its unique sound, the 238 horses that lift and launch it's light body with silky smooth acceleration, the power being sent to the rear wheels that grip in the tightest of curves. For an in-depth report on the Wankel (rotary) engine click here for another oustanding report from our Carey Russ.

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Don't be fooled by its coupe-ish appearance for indeed the Mazda RX-8 actually has four doors. The rear set are what were called "suicide doors" - from the pre WWII fear that they would fly open at high speed - which is not very likely with these since the front doors must open first. Better access, oh yes. The interior continues the rotational concept with a dashboard full of circular gauges as well as good old round knobs for atmospheric adjustments.

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But most of all, this is a drivers car.

My kind of car. And most likely yours, too.

- Mark Fulmer