Mazda RX8 Review - Clutched

Mazda RX8 Review - Clutched

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welcome everyone to this brand-new season of clutched and to kick things off we're going to review a car with a very strong heritage it's the Mazda rx-8 the Mazda rx-8 was first produced in 2003 and this is actually a successor to the Mazda rx-7 which was a very successful sports car you know when I look at this car I can actually tell that the designers were trying very hard to achieve a sports car look you know it's got a very huge boner sexy wheel
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arches and a very low and white stunts no buy at the same time they wanted the car to be practical which is why this car comes with photos now I've seen many brands out there tried to give a four-door car or coupe a look and usually you find them hiding the door handles somewhere on here knows just so that the car looks like a whooping but I don't think anyone has done a much better job than Mazda with the suicide
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doors this really is a very clever design you know because it does give the car a coupe a look but you have those two extra seats with easy accessibility in case you want to carry and on two of your friends friends not your mom I don't think she would like to be thrown in the backseat like this doors that open this way I referred to a suicide doors because in case the door isn't closed properly and the car moves off and the door flings open and you get song out of your seat you know and then
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you get towed on the ground and the car runs over you and your gut spill out and get final destination pack seven but no don't worry that's not going to happen because these doors will not open unless the front doors open clever design the only way you might end up injuring yourself is if the front passenger does not release the front seat belt and then you try to get off this sexy looking car with the huge bonnet and the sports car classification it has the same size engine as a Suzuki
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Swift 1.3 and no it's not turbocharged it's not supercharged it's not any charged so how does it work it's called a Wankel rotary engine the physics behind a rotary Wankel engine is very different from all the other engines that you get or even your boxer engines there's no Pistons there's no chemicals there are no vowels or valve springs none of them if you really want to know how a Wankel rotary engine works I found this great video online and I'm going to leave the link somewhere around here so
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you can click on it to check it out basically it's a it simply put it's a triangle or a FET triangle that rotates inside of an the world okay and this rotating force gives you your power power speaking of which is from about 206 all the way up to 246 brake horsepower now this or rather which power you get depends on the transmission which you choose so you can go for a four-speed or a 6-speed automatic or a five-speed on a six-speed manual if you want the highest
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power go for the six-speed medal personally I think it's great how you can squeeze so much of power out of a very small Wanko routine and because there are no Pistons or no camshafts and no valves valve springs and all that the engine weighs so much lighter and of course you have much lesser moving parts which means the amount of when they're parts which need to be replaced is much lower now compared to the older Mazda rx-7 which also uses a rotary engine this rx-8 has its engine placed lower
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and more to the rear okay so that gives you a lower center of gravity which is good and better weight distribution which is great now because the rx-8 has a missing bleep pillar which is the pillow you usually find here at the end of the front door what master did is they actually strengthened the flooring and the entire cabin so that the rigidity is not compromised you know and you don't get unnecessary flex okay basically what it means is the handling of this car is fantastic and with the rotary engine you get a
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very high revving capability high revving engine fantastic handling front-engine rear-wheel-drive it sounds like the perfect formula of fun to me okay so right now we are inside the Mazda rx-8 and honestly it's quite said that the one that I'm driving is the four-speed automatic right because if I had the six-speed manual I think I'd be having a lot more fun your driving position is very low all right and you're close to the road and it's very nice but you gotta be careful if you've
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never driven a rear-wheel drive car before okay you have to be careful because if you're going to give it a bit too much of gas at the wrong time especially when the roads are wet and you are turning there's only two outcomes for it one is either you break into a really cool drift if you know how to counter steer or two you're going to end up hugging a tree the interior the car is a bit boring but I like the fact that the center console runs all the way to the back you know true you cannot
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carry three passengers on the rear but it kind of gives you a rear passengers this hold on you know hang in there you're going for a ride feel you know because they are really locked in position so that's nice another thing to take note of is just at the side of the your box console all right where it's supposed to be flat you will actually realize there are two big lumps on the side over here why is it like that that's pretty simple because that's probably where the transmission is okay
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now remember how I told you that must up through this engine to be lower and more to the rear to give the car good weight distribution a drawback is quite a bit of your leg room is taken up you can tell you know that this is a car Laporte the makers of this car probably built the engine first and then built the car around it you know which is not a bad thing because it kind of gives you this feel that there's a lot of importance or placed on the engine of course being a sports car the Mazda rx-8 has its
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tachometer placed in the middle this is God on the Hendrick I don't know why it's their hobby to give the driver a fighter plane whew let's prepare for liftoff although this is a four-speed automatic it does come with pedal shifters who ref kicking up ah and no you cannot get rotary engine out there from any other band right now what I know it's a new master who has it I think Mercedes had it like many many
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years ago but right now and because it's a rear-wheel drive car you can actually use this for drifting alright it comes with you know an LSD which is what you need for drifting and this car comes with it and so if you're thinking of entering the spot of twisting this will be a good choice just like other coupe is you get a lousy excuse
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for a boot space and know you can knock the rear seats down looking at what this guy has done to his car you can tell that he's not a person who carries a lot of stuff a more accurate measure of the price of a car would actually be to measure its depreciation okay and how this is calculated is very simple you take the price of the car you deduct away 55% of the open market value which is what you get back once the serie ends and you just divide it by the number of
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years left for example you can get an rx-8 automatic for about forty thousand dollars with an open market value of twenty five thousand and two and a half years left so how the depreciation is calculated simple you take forty thousand dollars and you deduct away fifty five percent of the $25,000 right and you get about twenty six thousand now because the serie only has two and a half years left on it twenty-six thousand divided by two and a half years you get ten thousand five hundred and that is roughly the
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depreciation of a Mazda rx-8 automatic and thanks to the 1.3 liter engine the Europe X will only cost you five hundred and seventy two dollars are you if the Wankel engine is so amazing why is it other brands do not use it well it's because they are a few drawbacks the fuel consumption for this car is bad and it's because of the Wankel engine although it's a 1.3 fuel consumption is about maybe eight or if you're good nine kilometers to the litre there's this
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engine oil addiction problem once again because of the dynamics of how a rotary engine works it burns off a lot of engine oil which is why we notice on the inside there's even an oil pressure gauge that comes with the car right so that allows you to keep an eye on the amount of oil pressure it has and whenever the oil pressure runs out you have to be willing to get your hands dirty and do the top ups because it's a rotary engine when you open the engine bay you don't have intimidating cam
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covers or shiny exhaust headers to show off what you can see is just a pile of of wires and pipes and it's in a mess so you don't get to show off your engine bay so to speak and also there are some drivers and professionals who have mentioned that you cannot switch off the rotary engine when it's too cold all right otherwise you're gonna run into all kinds of problems okay so if you're gonna valet this car if you're gonna make a short drive to Punggol nozzle amount to do a pop-out make sure you
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don't forget honestly I think Mazda they tried to create a sports car for the everyday man you know you got a high revving engine with the no excuse not to give your girlfriend's in getting friends a lift so they're trying to strike a balance but did they succeed I don't know although the rx-8 has a very strong heritage I really feel if you really want to enjoy and appreciate that exceed you cannot compare it to the rx-7 you have to look at this car on its own the rx-7 is simply too sexy and it's too
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powerful and it's almost like comparing a Fender Emma and Eric Cantona they're both great soccer players but in totally different leaves because of the RX it's very strong heritage I really feel that this is a car that I can really respect but I just can't fall in love with it you know it's like your friend's hot girlfriend she's hot but you can't fall in love with her and right now it's time for us to rate the Mazda rx-8 yes we are still waiting class so is it going to be
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a buy a don't buy or in I don't know well we hear clutch we believe the Mazda rx-8 is simply and I don't know Rita this is very nice of you let's get out of here what the fighter swipe no all right let's move out let's get out of here yeah okay come come come hey Oh what I thought one two three four five six seven eight
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nine ten eleven twelve huh do do D let's get ahead of here this week on clutch we're going to review the b-52 bomber ah is that a b-52 bomber it's not you know what is it it's your father

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