OK, I had my drive at 12:00 today at TW Whites in Orpington. Upon arriving at the showroom, I am greeted by a nice blue RX-8. Get to have a look around it for 10 mins as the salesman is busy with the couple before me.
The one in the showroom is a Jap import, the titanium 8 that I am going to drive is a pre-production unit.
I get in, get comfortable and start the engine, funny little wispy note but think ok lets get driving.
Go to pull away and before I know it, STALLED. The clutch has no weight to it what so ever and ok it’s a different car, so the clutch changing is a little jumpy to start with.
Pull out of the dealers turn right, 100 yards and turn left on to a nice straight piece of road. Plodding along with the traffic, pull on to the A20 and start to build up the revs. OK no noise from the engine what so ever, I mean NOTHING!!! Revs build up very nicely to 4-4500 rpm without much effort, past that the engine just seemed really gutless whatever gear I was in and I had a choice of 6. The engine only had 2400 miles on it, but thinking that the great British motoring press has already been given a free hand in driving these, it should be a lot looser than how it felt. One nice bit was the fact that in forth gear I was doing around 1200 rpm and put my foot down. It pulled like an ice cube on a marble surface. It was so smooth.
The brakes where very positive, gear change was short(ish) but precise, visibility was not that good as you couldn’t see where the front and rear bumpers were. Dash is very clear, but I wonder if it could be distracting late at night on a long drive.
Moved the seat quite a way back and climbed in the rear seats, although a little tight getting in there was space to not be cramped, but I could get claustrophobic on a long trip, but then again kids don’t get a choice in the matter do they…
On nice touch was there was a centre console between the two seats, which was a little different.
Boot space, what boot space, it goes back a fair way but the floor is high, so space is sparse.
Seems a very nice well built, you can normally tell built quality by the shut of the door, and this had a nice solid feel to it.
Would I pay 22k for one, I don’t think so. I would need a proper test drive firstly, then see what power upgrades Mazda has released for it, then may be it would be worth a look again.
Mazda if you’re reading this, give me one for a couple of days and maybe I would change my mind and have one.