6 Speed Manual 4dr Coupe
2006 Mazda RX-8

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Engine Engine 1.3LRotary
MPG MPG 18 City / 24 Hwy
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2006 RX-8 Overview

The ingenious Mazda RX-8 is a true four-seat sports car, and its small but powerful rotary engine makes this possible.

The RX-8 drives like a sports car, with perfect 50-50 weight distribution for balanced handling and a high-revving engine.It reminds us of the brilliant third-generation RX-7, but it's $13,000 cheaper, and its muscular styling has a zoom-zoom edge.

Yet the RX-8 is surprisingly practical.It's perfectly capable of taking the kids to soccer practice, with ample passenger room for four full-size adults.There's enough room for a weekend's worth of luggage or two full-size golf bags, and the small rear doors and relatively spacious trunk make trips to the home improvement center possible.Granted, it's not as roomy as a sedan, but it can move people and stuff when needed.

The RX-8 was launched as an all-new model for 2004.While the manual transmission model carries over with few changes, but the automatic is far more compelling for 2006 than last year's model.The 2006 RX-8 offers a new six-speed automatic in place of last year's four-speed.What's more, the automatic model gets a significant boost in horsepower.The six-speed automatic comes with steering-wheel mounted paddle controls for semi-manual shifting.This brings the automatic closer in character to the manual version, making it much more appealing to those who don't always want to do the shifting themselves.

Still, the manual and automatic are two different cars due to the specific tuning of the high-revving rotary engine as paired to each transmission.The six-speed manual benefits from 238 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 159 pound-feet of torque at 5500 rpm, while the automatic produces 212 horsepower at 7200 rpm and 164 pound-feet at 5000 rpm.The automatic comes packaged with smaller wheels and brakes and a softer suspension.The bottom line is that the manual is for driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice some comfort and convenience for performance.The automatic is for drivers more interested in the looks and feel of a sports car than in ultimate performance, drivers who have to contend with stop-and-go commuting.
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2006 RX-8 Overview

The ingenious Mazda RX-8 is a true four-seat sports car, and its small but powerful rotary engine makes this possible.

The RX-8 drives like a sports car, with perfect 50-50 weight distribution for balanced handling and a high-revving engine.It reminds us of the brilliant third-generation RX-7, but it's $13,000 cheaper, and its muscular styling has a zoom-zoom edge.

Yet the RX-8 is surprisingly practical.It's perfectly capable of taking the kids to soccer practice, with ample passenger room for four full-size adults.There's enough room for a weekend's worth of luggage or two full-size golf bags, and the small rear doors and relatively spacious trunk make trips to the home improvement center possible.Granted, it's not as roomy as a sedan, but it can move people and stuff when needed.

The RX-8 was launched as an all-new model for 2004.While the manual transmission model carries over with few changes, but the automatic is far more compelling for 2006 than last year's model.The 2006 RX-8 offers a new six-speed automatic in place of last year's four-speed.What's more, the automatic model gets a significant boost in horsepower.The six-speed automatic comes with steering-wheel mounted paddle controls for semi-manual shifting.This brings the automatic closer in character to the manual version, making it much more appealing to those who don't always want to do the shifting themselves.

Still, the manual and automatic are two different cars due to the specific tuning of the high-revving rotary engine as paired to each transmission.The six-speed manual benefits from 238 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 159 pound-feet of torque at 5500 rpm, while the automatic produces 212 horsepower at 7200 rpm and 164 pound-feet at 5000 rpm.The automatic comes packaged with smaller wheels and brakes and a softer suspension.The bottom line is that the manual is for driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice some comfort and convenience for performance.The automatic is for drivers more interested in the looks and feel of a sports car than in ultimate performance, drivers who have to contend with stop-and-go commuting.Hide Full Review