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Yesterday I went with a friend of mine to have a beer. He wanted to see my RB exhaust and hear the sound (He wants to buy the a convertible sport car, the new Pontiac Solstice). I gave him a ride and open the engine (close to redline a couple of times). He was very impress with the acceleration & sound and when we took a curve at high speed he freaked out. He though that we would never make this curve at this speed (he was a bit afraid) but I can assure you that I could have accelerated more without any problem. I usually don't drive fast and it was the first time that I took a curve (U shape) at that speed. I was even impressed myself!
I cleaned my car today and the inside of the exhaust was all black (I guess it needed that to get the carbs out!).
I just wanted to share this with you guys, it was such a trill to take this curve and see how well this car handles it. I like it even more today!
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- Clears - Spoiler - Red strakes - MP3 player - Interior Night Lights - Custom Genuine Leather black Shift Boots with red stitching from PoLaK. - REVi RX-8 Intake with REVi Ram Air Duct from Racing Beat - Racing Beat REV8 Exhaust System.
I've driven the Boxster, the Boxster S and the Cayman. In my OPINION:
1) The RX-8 is very comparable both in "feel of power" and handling to the base Boxster - considering the base Boxster is a solid $25,000 more costly than the RX-8, that's nice. I have two friends who have Boxsters and have swapped cars for spirited drives with both of them, and both have said that the RX-8 feels more stable and predictable than their cars, and about comparable in terms of power and acceleration. Now, before all you dorks who are numbers-obsessed flame me with the "but the Boxster has ...", I'm talking FEEL here. I neither know or care about the Boxster's horsepower and torque numbers. Now, that said, the Boxster does decidely have a more torque-y engine, but the RX-8's ability to pull strongly to its insanely-high 9000 RPM redline is what these guys enjoyed.
2) Both the Boxster S and the Cayman run rings around the regular Boxster and the RX-8, at more than twice the price, I'd sure hope so.
To Humagin: My favorite part of the car is the handling - it is so much fun to go ripping through corners with this car. Glad you're having fun - go tear it up a bit on your own - that's when it's most fun. Extra people = extra weight to haul around a corner. That 150-200 lbs of weight your buddy adds to the car will detract from the handling.
Best handling setup: 42 PSI front tires, 38 PSI rear, half-tank of gas and just me in the car!
A MR set up handles very differently than a FR set up. The turning momentum is different, and the characteristics on and off throttle mid-corner and mid-braking through turns is different. Neither is really 'better' but they are different, and getting used to them is important in figuring out the 'feel'. That being said, I'd be happily surprised if an 8 could keep up with a Boxster around a twisty track.
FR is probably easier to drive just upon jumping into the car, and the 8 is an example of great FR handling that is fast and forgiving.