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I'm new to the forum and I bought my Red RX8 used with about 1200 miles. I really love the car but as most of us I have some questions. I guess I'll start out by asking everyone what everyones Tach is at around 75 in 6th gear. It seems like I don't feel real speed with the car until I get into 6th and push past 70, but I haven't gotten past 75........which I will soon
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for those who never owned a rotary ( this is also my first), hitting a redline at 9000 rpm, seems unbelievable, but this car will do it so smoothly and almost without realizing it, that mazda had to put in a chime at 8500 to remind you to shift to the next gear.
The car redlines at 9k but has a rev limiter that will keep you from going over 9300, so there should be no worry's about blowing an engine ( most likely the tranny will go first). In theory, the car will redline in 6th gear at around 180, but there isn't enough hp to push it that high against the drag. Also, there is an ongoing debate on this site that Mazda has limited the car to 148 mph, but a few here have claimed they've been slightly faster.
So, welcome to the club. You will become addicted to revving that beauty up...
I hadn't see that thread yet, that was awesome. The vids definitely went into the library. So much for the 148 limit theory.
I am interested in why one car had such a difference in whp, when every other dyno we have ever seem shows in the 180's or low 190's, but cool....
I've got the 6 speed transmission.....It had 1200 miles on it when I bought it from the Mazda dealer here in Richmond, VA. I had a background check done on the VIN and it all came back clear so I coughed up 25.3K for the car which is fully loaded including the NAV system and Sun Roof. I thought 25K was a great deal but what do I know. I really like the car but I was first concerned (until this forum), that the car had high rpm's and the engine was off or something. I've got to get out and compare the rpm's to those posted here and I'll let everyone know the comparison. I've been checking the oil, but the oil stick seems the same as when I bought it about 500 miles ago. Also, its kinda tough to see where the oil is on the stick because its so clear.
I've heard a little bit before but now I worry about my break-in system since I have not gone over 7.5K yet in my 8...it's just about 20 miles before I LET LOSE TO 9K HEAVEN!
When breaking in the car, gradually push to higher rpms. If you haven't gone over 7.5k rpm, don't wait till some magical odo reading before hitting 9k rpm. Push it to 8k a few times, then when it feels comfortable with 8k, push it to 8.5k a few times, and then when it feels good, push it to 9k. Always increase the max rpm you're pushing it to gradually.