Originally posted by FDDreamer
Aha! Just what i was waiting to hear! I had a look at the Test Drive topic, and it seemed the majority of people were not overly impressed with the 8\'s talents...
It seems that most people that knock it are expecting a hairy-chested turbo and dismiss it purely on the lack of engine torque. People talk about BHP, but I think everyone has forgotten what that\'s all about, and take an instant dislike anything with less than 200ft-lb at idle. :rolleyes:
If you want to read a million "I drove an RX8 and I didn\'t like it because the 1/4 mile is only 15 seconds" threads try rx8club.com! (Reading one or two is quite illuminating in fact)
This always seems a little unfair to me - much like driving a Ferrari and then moaning about running costs.
It\'s a driver\'s car, no question, and comparing it with the Elise is the right thing to do... the problem is most of the moaners are comparing it with a BMW330d. (Which, I might add, is pushing 10k more expensive.)
Do you think that the fact the dealership you bought from let you drive the car properly had anything to do with the difference in opinion?
Very likely - it\'s definitely not quick until 5000 revs - but I like that. It gives it a real split personality and makes it easy to deal with around town. The other problem with first appearances is that you\'re very unlikely to push it hard enough to find the limits in a 20 minute pootle around the local dual carriageways.
It make a cracking first sports car because of the dual personality and the forgiving nature of, well, all of it, and the excellent DSC which lets things go just a little bit before it intervenes. This means you get used to feeling the car let go and come back, rather than the whole process being hidden from you and then biting you the first time you really do push it.
If you switch DSC off it\'s extremely progressive although I\'m not desperately happy with the Bridgestones.
The only problem you\'d have coming from an FD is getting over the different shape of the power curve. OTOH there\'s no lag to worry about.