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I like the old concept gauges better, 220mph speedo, 12k RPM gauge and now its a digital speedo (which break all the times) and a 7k redline, this isn't a piston engine mazda!!! i thought 12k RPM was a little low hell my 1st gen rpm gauge redlines at 7k and its 17 years old......
2002 Chevy Camaro SS/SLP package, 480whp/465tq
Searching for a decent TII
Actually here are a few pics. The first is an actual photo of the car in Detroit. You can see here it looks as though the dash has a starting redzone at 9K, and then a different zone at about 9500 RPM. You can also see the different gauges and that the speedo does indeed look to be digital, something I'm not a huge fan of. But if you look on the left pod, it appears that there is both a water temp gauge and an oil pressure gauge.
In this photo, which is taken from a RX-8 desktop wallpaper from the Mazda site, the gauge is a little different. From this pic it looks as though redline is 9500- 10K RPM. Its kinda fuzzy but you can see where the normal hash marks turn into a solid line at around 9500.
If they're like any digital units that came before, they'll be slow to react. You just can't replace the dial! It gives you that added perspective of 'rate of ascending or descending' that digits cannot.
I could live with a digital speedo, but not a digital tachometer. A digital tach is useless, other than telling you how fast the engine was spinning a few moments ago - my experience from late 80's GM digital cockpits.
I like the 1st cluster, it's modern and clean looking. The chrome ringed version seems overtly retro in a car that has (and should not have) no retro intent.