View Full Version : Then again, as much as I like the G35...RX-8!! =)

12-20-2001, 05:05 PM
That G35 is sweet, but I think the RX-8 is gonna be the new Ultimate Driving machine! Look at that interior....can these guys teach BMW something about "driver oriented interiors" or what? And the details...the rotary-shaped shift knob, the steering wheel that is thick and small like an M3, the tasteful chrome accents, and that awesome tunnel running thru the car that will make it super stiff. *drool*

http://www.cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2001/tokyo/gallery/image/mazda-rx8i-1160.jpg http://www.cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2001/tokyo/gallery/image/mazda-rx8-1211.jpg http://www.cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2001/tokyo/gallery/image/mazda-rx8i-1153.jpg http://www.cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2001/tokyo/gallery/image/mazda-rx8i-1162.jpg :D

12-20-2001, 05:17 PM
Still, I can't see Mazda finding a way to make the rear seats on that machine actually reasonably spacious. Look at the shape of the thing, there's just no way.

12-20-2001, 05:24 PM
That's a nice looking car :)

12-20-2001, 05:31 PM
Wow. Very driver oriented. But how far do you think they will place the gas pedal away from brake? How the hell are you supposed heel/toe when the pedals are foot away from each other? Ill be impressed when a manufactuer tells the saftey-police to get lost and actually put the pedals close enough together to actually drive stick as intended. Thats driver Orientation!!:)

12-20-2001, 05:34 PM
Hopefully it will be as perfect as a miata.

But there are a lot of ppl that complain that the pedals are too close in some cars and they hit both pedals by mistake. It's a tough line to walk.

12-20-2001, 05:39 PM
Time for me to get bigger feet I guess! Or start wearing my snowshoes on track days!!

12-20-2001, 05:52 PM
Prosthetic limbs are always an option!

12-21-2001, 07:27 AM
You guys should check out these nice pics! Lots of RX-8 pics! (http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/) http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/24rx8-cc.jpg

I posted some of these on bimmer.org. The best pics I've seen so far.

12-21-2001, 07:34 AM
Wow never seen a handbrake like that...loop shaped. Nice pic, btw!

Mr. The Edge
12-21-2001, 07:35 AM
I like a lot about this car, but there's a lot that I think is pretty bad. That circular stereo console is horrible! And good luck getting anything aftermarket in there.

And that parking brake? http://twiki.org/p/pub/Plugins/SmiliesPlugin/rolleyes.gif

12-21-2001, 07:52 AM
I'm not a fan of the digital speedometer, but I really dig the large, centrally mounted tachometer. Very nice. The interior design generally is quite good; the circular stereo is a bit gimmicky (as is the overuse of the wankel rotor theme), but the materials look good and it does give a good driver focus.

I also like the exterior, though it's not "attractive" in the conventional sense. More like purposeful. The nose actually looks a lot like an old Testa Rossa.

Three big questions remain about this car for me:

1) Is the lack of low-end torque going to be as annoying in this application as it is in the S2K? 250 hp and 159 lbs ft of torque is a dangerous sounding combo, from a tractability standpoint.

2) How much room is there (really) in the rear seat and trunk? Will the seats fold? Can I take four humans, or is it a 2+2 dog car?

3) Cost. At the 30K price point, I'll buy with even if the engine isn't perfect. At 35K, it seems like less of a value. I understand that the car will come in under 30K, which is good. I wonder, though, how much dealer gouging there will be for the first year or so?

Mr. The Edge
12-21-2001, 08:01 AM
Wow, hadn't noticed that it's also got the Truck-style four doors! That is not helping the look of its profile, IMO



12-21-2001, 08:05 AM
Originally posted by atyclb
Wow, hadn't noticed that it's also got the Truck-style four doors! That is not helping the look of its profile, IMO

Yeah, I'm not so sure about the suicide doors. But I did see the prototype at Detroit in Jan and it didn't look that bad. But not great either! I personally think the final version looks better than the prototype...which is usually not the case. One example are the wheels. The showcar really had some boring 5-spokes. These have a little bit more character, but the chrome has to go.

12-21-2001, 11:23 AM
The side does have too many cut lines it seems due to the suicide doors, but I love the car b/c it looks NOTHING like any car on the road (except maybe a 4-door-ified S2000). The only other car that looks so unique is the pontiac aztek, and it's a...uh....different kind of unique =)

I love the parking brake tho, and the circular stereo looks great. I don't care about the aftermarket issue b/c the e46 doesn't support aftermarket stereo either (unless you want to absolutely butcher the look of the dash!)

12-21-2001, 12:10 PM
they bring it to production as is -

i like the look right now