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I notice that quite few ppl here are in the market for car next year and they are interested in RX-8... what other cars are you also interested to? I think we will find a wide range of competitors since RX-8 is really a car that can appeal to wide range of buyers...
Since I am planning going back to Europe (from USA), I am definetly looking into my options, keeping in mind performance, image, ease of use (parking, mpg) & comfort (inside)... Right now, Clio 172 (small, non obvious, yet BMW beater), Mini Cooper S (small, stylish & performance to match it), & Celica GTS/T Sport (sweet car that needs more power under 6k rpm) are main competitors even though most are cheaper than RX-8, but it looks so damn sweet it is hard to not look into ;-)
I am definetly not WRX or EVO kind of guy, if I was, I would get a nice bike and clio to match it ;-)
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also, I am not 40 ;-)... but in low 20ies... RX-8 IS NOT a family car but it can be used as one as well... I need a car that can fit two chiks in the back, together with me and my buddy at front... 2+2 car would do fine as well, but nice 4 seater is a nice...
Dunno how well those seats handle "excessive" usage though, they look a bit thin, hopefully that will be tested as well
I'm seriously considering the Mercedes C230. They're doing some major engine redesigns for the 2003 model year. It's about the same price range. I don't think there aren't any other competitors out there. The 350Z is too small. Two seats only isn't practical. I hope the RX-8 makes the fall auto shows. The SF Auto Show is during Thanksgiving. Maybe I can hop into one to get the full experience.
The Dream: Red or Silver, 6 speed, fully loaded and 250hp under the hood!!
We've looked at the Miata and TT. I was pretty much set on the Miata (have you SEEN the SE this year? I'm praying that they make that color scheme in the RX-8 too) until we heard the RX-8 was arriving soon. If it drives as well as reported, I just can't justify a two-seater with as little hp as the Miata when the RX-8 will drive just as well with more room and more hp.
I found a 1994 Rx-7 R2 with 0 miles on brand new engine and new twin turbos and 0 miles on new tranny for $13,000 perfect condition, i'm having doubts about the Rx-8......30,000 dollar car that dosen't look anywhere near as good as any Rx-7. If the price drops i'll get one for sure but if it sticks in the 30k range its going to end-up just like the FD=overpriced and won't sell good and we'll probably never see another rotary powered vehicle if that happens
2002 Chevy Camaro SS/SLP package, 480whp/465tq
Searching for a decent TII
Johnny, I think their current targetted price of $26k is quite cheap for a sports car... I mean even miata special edition is more than that with 140 hp engine, hell even protege5 can get up to 20k with few options installed... how do you expect RX8 to be cheaper? I mean sure, they can go and do what Mitsu and Subaru did, and give us cheap insides... I am sure that would bring it down for another $1k-$2k at least.. but then again, I would not touch it with a ten yard stick, let alone shell out $2x large for it ;-)
Multi-link design. Still uses a shock absorber, just not the beefier strut type.
For me, and I'm sure for a lot of other Canadians on this board, the MSRP will make a huge difference as to comparison shopping. Honestly, $26-30K US range means nothing because various manufacturers discount the vehicle at different rates for the Canadian market. Hence a $26 starting price doesn't necessarily mean $41.6K Cdn (using typical 1.6 conversion) because it will immediately price itself out of the market, given that our standard of living is similar to Americans, we just have a lousy dollar...
I'm researched Mazda's discounts and seen that they're all over the place, such as the Miata being offered for approx $27K USD and close to the same in Cdn fund, whereas the Millenia had a $28K USD starting point compared to the Cdn. $42K. While some of these vehicle may have different stock features, the rate does change. Given a loaded Altima prices around $33K Cdn and the WRX starts at $34K Cdn, I imagine the RX-8 will be around $33K Cdn to start and fully loaded for approx $38K. BTW, the G35 starts at $39K Cdn. (ouch!).
Well I already bought what I was considering, but I might jump right back out of it. I was looking at 330's, IS300, TLS, S4. Most of these were more than I wanted to spend. So I looked at what I was getting for my money. Looked at what the others had that I could live with out and settled for the Acura TL-S. It had more room by far than the others and that played a big rolled since we had the baby and all. The S4 new was about 10k more than I wanted to spend and the 330 was the same when I added the options I wanted. They started out at a nice price but you didn't even get power seats. What kind of crap is that. The IS300's interior about made me puke. Needless to say I got power everything, Navi, Leather, heated seats, and mirrors, sunroof, 17's, 260hp, etc. for $31,200. So far I've been real happy with it, but I love the RX-8, so it might be gone. I've actually beat a couple of 98 year model stangs on the highway with it. After 100-110 the overdrive gear kicks in and they get a little dogish though. So that's it. I didn't look at Nissan/Infinity because to me they've always seemed to be cheap looking inside. The new Altima was temping but...nahh
While I am most likely getting an RX8 the new EVO VII seems likes its gonna be wicked, and less costly then the Subie counterpart. Nissan 350Z isnt even in the question as I dont like the way it looks.
If I don't get a RX8 I'll probably be looking at a Lotus Elise (if it does come to the US) and they say it will start at $38k. If it doesn't make it or makes it here but well over $40k I'll probably look at a RSX Type R. I dont like the weight of the Z. I dont want the Lancer EVO or WRX sti. Also a M3 or Nissan GTR is a consideration but I'd have to save up a bit for one of those.
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Eibach springs, Koni struts
Suspension Techniques sway bar, RRE strut tower bar
AEM intake, Powerslot slotted rotors, Metal Master brake pads
i was looking at the rx-8 or 350z. both are nice. IMO and had an eye on the evo
but for the practicality issue, i was considering an IS300. kinda wanted it for the 4 drs (lower insurance?), style, name, luxury(kinda), comfort etc. .. . but im still young and i want live life a little. im not in need of a "family car" for quite a few years. and im in no rush to get a new car right now anyways. i'm gonna wait and check out those cars and see which appeals to me the most.
What do you guys think of the Mazdaspeed Protege. Callaway turbo, with an intercooler, as well as LSD. Racing Beat tuned suspension, same as the MP3's, and an MP3 player stock. Leather inside, body kit and Racing Hart 17" wheels to begin with.
All this for under 22,000 $ US.
Oh yeah, limited edition, only 2,000 made in North America. By the way, the MP3 with identical suspension outhandled a Z06 Corvette and a Ferrrari (forgot which one) in a 60 mph slalom.