Mazda RX 8

Mazda RX 8
Unlike the RX 7, the RX 8seems to be a bit boring in terms of performance. Don’t get me wrong, because the RX 8 in my opinion really is good but, despite it being a great car it doesn’t really standout as its predescessor. Many journalists till now still don’t really understand what the RX 8 is in terms of classification.

It’s not really a coupe as it has four doors, thus making it a four seater saloon, but then again really isn’t really one as the rears seats are really a tight squeeze, more suitable for small canines instead of humans! Another thing that boggles my mind is why on earth there isn’t a turbo configuration for the RX 8. Have they gone absolutely mad? Sure there are a couple other makes and models out there that only has a naturally aspirated engine, but unlike the RX , the engine capacity starts at 3.0 litres which the RX 8 is a couple of litres short.

The modification of 13B engine, which was way below par ( in terms of performance ) to what he was used to. To prevent from overhead of lubricant, the 13B engine has been installed with a set of Grex oil cooler which is deemed to be crucial when running at high speeds. Further cooling improvements include a set of RE Amemiya radiator that allows bigger coolant reserve and increase air cooling efficiencies. Transferring all the power down to the tarmac is done via the 4 speed automatic box with manual override. With stock ratios all round, the engine will easily hit speed at over two fifty km/h. However, during the process of reaching up to top speed.

As the speed mentioned, the car on its normal configuration will have a slight wobbly issue due to its ’softer’ suspension settings. Knowing this Jay had replaced the stock shock abserobers for those from Mazda Speed, a tuning house that is renowned for building high performance Mazda’s. Uprated springs and dampers also provide utmost stability at high speeds without compromising comfort while cruising. With this new set up the car is now much lowered with a more aggressive stance.

The interior was well kept and clean with the addition of a set of four Defi indicators on the top part of the windscreen. Besides a boxy screen for the rear view camera can be sitting beside the dDefis. Delaying the rotary engine shutoff is an Apex’i pen type turbo timer, placed neatly behind the steering wheel. Currently the car A/F is running quite rich on fuel, resulting to a sub 300 horsepower and loads of fuel is wasted. Jay is targeting to hit around 400 plus with a higher boost pressure of 1.3 bar once the tuning session is completed.

Mazda RX 8
Mazda RX 8

Mazda RX 8
Mazda RX 8

Mazda RX 8
Mazda RX 8

Mazda RX 8
Mazda RX 8

Mazda RX 8
Mazda RX 8





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