As described by Car and Driver's Barry Winfield in early 2003, the RX-8 "actually runs and steers and feels like a convincing spiritual successor to the quick-witted but slow-selling RX-7." I drove one at roughly that same time, participating in a track day at Motorsport Ranch in North Texas. The RX-8 platform is beautifully balanced and amazingly direct. To be sure, you need to accustom yourself to the uniqueness of the rotary powerplant, but once adjusted, the RX-8 is a raucous delight.
Although not fully in love with the cosmetics of this RX-8 Shinka, the low volume of this edition might have an appeal to collectors. Given its low miles, what looks to be clean condition and accessible price point, it would seem worth a look. And the seller's location in downstate Illinois is fairly close to St. Louis; the road trip home would be a great intro to a unique grand tourer.