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Great board you have here! I'm currently looking into buying my first car and the 8 is definitely one of the finalist on my list. I'm new to buying cars in general. I've never actually bought a brand new vehicle before so I'll probably have more questions about the 8 down the road...I'm just doing some research right now.
I live in Canada where the weather is quite unpredictable and was curious to know:
How many of you drive this car all season round? If so, how well does it bode in Winter driving conditions (ie. Snow, ice, etc.)?
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Yup, short answer - the stock TIRES are useless and dangerous on snow/ice. Install appropriate winter tires, and the car does very well. There are many of us who drove our cars all winter with no problems - I took mine skiing to Banff area several times. I actually prefer driving the RX-8 to my Audi (AWD) because it's more fun!
Check out the Tires and Wheels section for threads on "winter tire", and also check the Canada regional section. There was a group buy last year on tires/wheels, but lots of info about what to get for winter tires and wheels.
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