I\'ve already had a good look at a red full UK spec car (Not sold at the moment, as it was slyly ordered by one of the dealer\'s relatives) and two of the grey pre-production models - one of which I\'ll be driving.
I couldn\'t get over how quiet and smooth they are.
OK, I\'m comparing it to an old Impreza Turbo - most things are quieter
, but the Impreza is smooth for a pistoned engine.
The attention to detail in the RX8 is great. The little things - like the rotor shaped seat adjustment lever, and the way everything that opens is damped, doesn\'t make a noise and above all else, feels substantial. This is probably just like a normal car - remember, I drive a rattly classic Impreza (that\'s slowly filling with expanding foam
Should say something about the looks - I like the car. It\'s an appealing shape, and the car looks
like it should go fast.
The Impreza woud never win an award for looks - but then it doesn\'t need to.
The build quality is what I expect from the new Mazdas - it\'s very well built - nothing looks like it\'s going to drop off in 10 minutes of leaving the showroom. (Take note MG rover!! - A long story involving a Trilogy MX5 and a MG TF back to back test drive...)
I wait to see if there are rattles when it\'s on the road.
So far, I like everything I\'ve seen and heard. It\'s looking like a practical replacement for the Impreza - it\'s even a lower insurance group for similar power (231 ps version)
Will it tempt me away from old rattly (and fast
) 4WD rally cars?
I\'ll let you know on Friday, when I take the RX8 out on my favourite Scoobynet Twisties (TM)