Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pure Sports Car

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pure Sports Car

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Byline: EWAN KENNEDY

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Look for uneven wear on the front tyres as it probably indicates harsh driving. Also check for severe brake dust on the inside of the wheels.

HOW MUCH?

Expect to pay from $11,000 to $17,000 for a 2004 RX-8; $13,000 to $19,000 for a 2005 RX-8; $15,000 to $22,000 for a 2005 RX-8 Special Edition; $22,000 to $30,000 for a 2008 RX-8 GT; $27,000 to $38,000 for a 2010 RX-8 Luxury; and $32,000 to $43,000 for a 2012 RX-8 GT or Luxury.

CAR BUYING TIP

Most sports cars are looked after like babies by caring owners, others get thrashed to the heavens. No marks for guessing which one you should be looking for.

MAZDA'S RX-8 is a purebred sports machine with many fascinating features. It's a real breath of fresh air, moving off in all sorts of unusual directions at a time when other designers are scared of doing anything away from the mainstream.

Outside and inside the Mazda sports hardtop is delightfully different. Different to look at, different to drive - and most certainly different in its rotary powerplant.

Mazda RX-8 is a four-door sports coupe, not a two-door as its sleek lines suggest. The small back doors (which don't have external handles) make entry to the rear seat much easier than normal in a car in this sporting class. They are hinged at the rear and can only be opened when the front doors are already open. All of which is complicated and sometimes a hassle in really tight parking spots.

Inside, the snug cabin has four bucket seats. The fronts are semi-race Recaro units. Those with a larger than average backside should try them for size early in your inspection phasea[degrees]

The RX-8 is almost a genuine four-seater as adults can be carried with a lot less cramping than you might imagine given the sleek outline of the body. A surprisingly spacious boot and the little Mazda sports car makes a reasonably practical daily driver.

The electric smoothness of the twin-rotor Wankel engine in the Mazda RX-8 gives it a feel like nothing else on the road. The fast throttle response and the buzz from the special engine is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves driving. …

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