2011 Mazda RX-8 Overview
The 2011 Mazda RX-8 sports car is currently the only production car to utilize a rotary-powered engine, which when paired to a sport-tuned suspension provides nimble performance for all the twists and turns you can handle.
The rear-wheel-drive 2011 Mazda RX-8 is offered in Sport, Grand Touring and R3 trim levels and is powered by a 212-horsepower, 1.3-liter Renesis rotary engine which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Opting for the six-speed manual tranmission also gets you a bump in power to 232-horsepower. A sport-tuned suspension and torque sensing limited-slip differential (manual transmission) come standard for optimum handling. Fuel economy rings in at 16 mpg in the city and 22-23 on the highway, good numbers considering the RX-8’s track tuned nature. Competition to the 2011 Mazda RX-8 includes the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 370Z
The 2011 Mazda RX-8 is as sleek as they come. Eighteen-inch wheels, a chrome-laden dual tailpipe, and LED taillights are standard equipment. The RX-8 also features rear-hinged doors that open opposite of the front doors to allow easier access to the back seat. Opting for the R3 sport package adds even more exterior upgrades, which include a rear spoiler, sport suspension, and 19-inch wheels with 225/40R19 W-speed rated summer high-performance tires.
Inside, the 2011 Mazda RX-8’s list of standard features includes bucket seats in the front and back split by a full-length center console, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, air conditioning, and MP3 input jack. The Grand Touring trim adds a rear limited-slip differential, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and eight-way power driver seat with memory. The R3 sport package adds the convenience of a Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless start. Optional luxury features include leather upholstery, heated seats, and navigation system with touch screen and voice recognition software.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. An optional electronic stability system helps keep the 2011 Mazda RX-8 planted on the road under all conditions.
With a perfect blend of style and substance, performance and power and a reasonable price, the 2011 Mazda RX-8 is a bold, yet practical choice – and the only choice if you’re a rotary fan.