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there are both 3 and 5 door hatchbacks, yet they are not station wagons... of course, you can call them whatever you want to call them, including SUV's or F1 cars but that doesnt make it true... station wagons have extended boot space, quite visible usually, I dont see how can somebody confuse the two
additionally... rx-8 will not have a station wagon... sorry, thats pretty much like saying that Miata will have an 4x4 off roader version.... rx-8 is a GT sports coupe with 4 doors (if you can call them 4 doors)... it aint lexus so you dont have to expect the unexpected... thank god Mazda's exec are sane people and they wont consider that blasphomy... there will be an 6 series station and it looks quite nice, plus it wll have like 225hp engine as well..
mmm....I love wagon sports cars Not going to get into a semantic arguement about the word "Sports car" again, but I like the idea of a grocery getter beating the pants off a little coupe.
Check out your local autocross sometime soon, and you'll see WRX wagons beating the pants off many other cars. In fact, a fellow in my Subaru club made it to nationals last year and placed 9th, in his WRX wagon...stock.
Having lived as a foreigner in Japan for 22 years and bought and driven 3 RX-7 rotary turbo cars (1986 - 1992) including on the famous Fuji Speedway where I took driving lessons by Terada and Yorino (two of the Japanese Le Mans drivers who won the 1991 Le Mans race in a rotary turbo Mazda), I am 100% enthusiastic about the RX-8 (although I wish the final version had looked more like the RX-01 prototype shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999). I am also fully supportive of having a fully useable RX-8 Sportswagon. Guess it would be something like a Volvo 1800ES, but I hope it would be designed for true practicality, and not ONLY for the design. Subaru WRX wagon and Toyota Alteza (Toyota's small sportswagon in Japan) are not very useful.
At the same time i would like to say thanks to Mark Fields for improving the image of mazda (Donna Karan image???) and wish him luck when he now moves on to the Ford Premium division where he will be in charge of Volvo and Jaguar etc.
Note from the originator of this thread: Put away your wagon prejudices!
Look, I want to be able to haul my dog and 3 other people in fast efficient comfort and style. I want to be able to shift for myself and take corners fast. The RX-8 can to all but the dog part but an RX-8 Sportswagon, now there you have something! I think the lines of the RX-8 could easily be manipulated into a handsome agressive wagon, just close your eyes and envision it. Another option could be to make it into a hatchback with an optional "bubble" hatch back end (slap a new hatch on the existing hinges and it's a 5 door transformer hatch/wagon).
Perhaps you should change your name to MazdaWannabePunk182?
That's just the point Punk182, guys with real money like me want a sports car with comfy room for 4, not a minivan. This is the reason Mazda built the RX-8 as a 4 door in the first place my friend. No doubt it was people like you squealed like stuck pigs over the change from 2 to 4 seats but I think Mazda will reap huge rewards for challenging conventional sports car wisdom. As I see it now's the time for Mazda to really push the envelope with the RX-8 Sport Hatch/Wagon. If you don't want one don't buy one kid. Oh yeah, never mind you're propably only dreaming about one in the first place...now shoo off back to the skateboard forum where you belong.