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I just bought my new 8 last week and I am already finding out about all of the "responsibilities" everyone has been talking about. By responsibilites, I mean talking to all kinds of people who come up to your car to admire. Of course, you always have to explain the whole rotary engine, hp...etc. I had the car at work for ONLY ONE DAY and by the end of the day, I had a gentleman come up and tell me he couldn't "help but notice my car!" What a great feeling....It's nice to own something so nice!
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I have women in particular ask about it all the time. Too bad I'm old enough to be their father. Then again . . . . . Actually, the funniest ones are what I think everyone else experiences, namely, "How many cylinders does it have?" and "How big is the engine?" I just tell them that it has 2 "cylinders" and the engine's size is in inverse proportion to my . . . well . . . never mind about that.
I was at a dealer today looking at my soon to be rx8 and this guy buying a Monte Carlo asked me about it. It's before I even own it! He tells me all about the Monte's engine (6 cyl, 3.8 like 200hp). Then I tell him the specs of the RX8 (0 cyl, 1.3, 238hp and a 100% coolness factor). I had to explain the whole damn thing to him. He left the dealership wanting the 8 but he had already signed for the Monte (sucks for you).
Best demo of the car's design is to do what we did last night: we took our neighbors out to dinner in the car. They loved it, and were astounded by how unexpectedly comfortable and roomy the rear seating actually is.
It's a great sports car, but it can also be a very smooth, comfortable people-mover for four adults -- no pistons required. :D
I love the comments at work, I do not drive the car every day but I get comments or questions from all different people everyday. I am a pretty low level internal auditor, one co-worker in the same position has mentioned that "we are lower than whale dung.." and its pretty nice to get comments from sales managers and directors from different departments that ordinarily wouldn't ever have a thing to say.
Its often that someone I do not know will approach and say hey your the guy who drives that cool car and strike up a conversation about the whole thing!
Gotta love the attention!!! (and if you don't, you should consider selling you car and buying something that came out of the old cookie cutter) :D