The long lead press was the first to get to drive the final production version of the RX-8 last month, this german magazine was the first to get to press. Although in German, we can use babelfish for a rough translation.
The complete driving report will be on news stands in Germany in "AUTO BILD" starting from Thursday, 31
Driving report Mazda Rx-8
Mazdas most courageous model
A Coupé with four doors and wankel engine - it did not give ever. AUTO PICTURE drove the Rx-8 into Japan exclusively to sample.
31.10.2002 - Which distinguishes this Mazda, are two things, which he conceals at first sight, make singular: the door concept and the wankel engine. We look at ourselves first the knuffige cab. There two large doors are on the right of and left - as had. The Clou thereby: The auxiliary hatches are in the back fastened, which is missing middle roof posts (b-column).
With first test runs on the Mazda Testgelaende in Japan the body convinced by high rigidity and stability. But the technicians some let themselves be broken in. Thus a strong frame profile beside the cardan shaft from carbon fiber, which connects the engine gear unit as central backbone with the rear Differenzial, sits. Result is a very precise road-hugging property, which Rx-8 absorbs curves greedily and as pulled on the cord its course pulls. Even malicious bumps in close turns do not bring unrest in the vehicle.
The chassis is on the newest conditions. In front double wishbones, in the back a complex multi-steering wheel axle. In addition a direct power steering, which obtain a very good feeling for the road. The engine is more compact and easier around 30 per cent than in the Rx-7 - that is a feat. And in addition strongly and with high engine speed like never. To fullly 9000 routes the Wankel is jubilant, without it must particularly exert. It sounds finally so hoarse and arises, as we always wished it.
The complete driving report stands in the current AUTO PICTURE , number 44/2002. Starting from Thursday, 31 October, at the kiosk, at gas stations and in the magazine trade.