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Originally posted by MarkW The RX8 accoding to 'Evo' is 1300kg and 237 bhp. That is 182bhp/tonne by my reconing.
That seems to be a seriously good figure as my 1470kg 261bhp Impreza is only 177bhp/tonne.
This implies that the RX8 is more than a match (in straight line performance anyway) for most of the cars listed above all things being equal. Am I mssing something or is this the case?
Well, it's 182 bhp per tonne *at 8500rpm* and you need to get there first.
Assuming you gear the two cars so that they're both at their power peak at the same speed, then yes, the RX-8 will pull harder *at that speed*. You'd need to look at power curves to work out how they compare at other speeds.
Was on order: Hi-power, Winning Blue, Black Leather. Too slow, Mazda
I think its become an accepted notion that the RX8 needs to be driven with revs fairly high to get best performance. However considering how easily this engine should rev compared to a 4 pot this should not be a major problem.
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