The 2010 RX-8 receives a revised front and rear fascia as well as a simplification of the model lineup. The Touring trim has been dropped, as have the Premium Package options. A sunroof is now standard on the Grand Touring trim and Mazda has made significant improvements to the rotary engine aimed at minimizing oil consumption.
The RX-8 receives a slight freshening, with new wheels, a new nose and taillights, and improvements to the car's suspension and body rigidity. An enthusiast-oriented R3 model is also added to the lineup.
To help celebrate 40 years of producing rotary engines, Mazda will introduce a limited-edition 40th Anniversary model featuring special Metropolitan Grey paint, Cosmo Red leather interior and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
Many car companies assign the word "unique" to their cars, but in the case of the
2011 Mazda RX-8, the term truly applies. What makes the RX-8 unique? The answer is a combination of attributes beginning with Mazda's RENESIS rotary engine, the only such engine offered in a production car. Then there are the RX-8's small reverse-facing rear doors, another feature you won't find on any other sports car in its class. Of course, the RX-8's lightweight and impressive handling have earned it praise from owners and enthusiasts alike, but there is a dark side to being unique. Despite improvements made last year, the rotary engine still consumes oil at a greater rate than a traditional piston engine, and the RX-8's fuel economy can be downright abysmal. Still, if you can live with these eccentricities, the RX-8's cool look, roomy rear seat and good size trunk make it a very easy sports car to live with.
Pros: "Great looking, pleasure to drive, better than a man-cave"
Cons: "poor gas mileage, expensive to service"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My 2004 RX8 has been an absolute joy to own. The good; It's fast, sleek looking and turns lots of heads. The power on the road is incredible as I accelerate to more than 90 mph in seconds and it's smooth as a whistle.This car is a very reliable "chic magnet" as well as a great conversation topic with the guys. The bad; My review would have been all fives if it weren't for the poor gas mileage (16 mpg in town and 19 mpg on the road) and the quirky engine flooding problem when you turn on the engine and don't give it enough time to regulate the fuel before turning it off. The ugly; the engine had to be replaced at 39,900 miles but since then the car has had no major problems."
"I have owned a Grand Touring MT RX8 since Jan. 2004 and have no intention of giving it up any time soon. I have owned MG's, an Alpha Romeo, Mustang, 240Z, Eclipse, Celica, and Lancia. I've ridden in Jaguars, a 450hp Porsche, a 350Z and many others. After all that, I still would pick this car over any of them (maybe not the 450hp Porsche).
The RX8 rides more comfortably yet handles better and has more interior room than all of them. In fact the Mustang has much less interior space than the RX8 and most people don't even think I have a back seat. That's the way I like it. It looks like a two door and it's not. People who don't own it think it's slow because at 5.9 seconds it's one tenth of a second slower 0 to 60 than the two seat 350Z (2004 stats). I like it that way too. Yet every major magazine that has done a comparison against all those “two-seaters” has picked the four-seat RX8 as their number one choice over all.
Style, performance, comfortable daily driver, comfortable back seat (not just for kids), you just can't beat this car, not even with a 450hp Porsche (that rides like it has no shocks at all)."
"I have driven German and American Muscle cars..ie 911, corvette, camaro ss. NOTHING compares to the RX-8. It is not the fastest of this bunch, but what it delivers is more important. It delivers miles of smiles. I have raced my RX-8 at a track and autocross. The above cars were faster on the straights but get into the twisties and see you later. The RX-8 runs like a top. Every grown man should at least experience the pure driving fun of this car!"