2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

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2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

I think the Mazda RX-8 is being forgotten by car lovers, or at least it’s a footnote in Mazda’s rotary engine history. In the early 2000s, it was almost too bizarre for the sports car market due to its suicide doors and unconventional powertrain. I’ve used this reference before, but Hunter S. Thompson pops into my head when I think of the RX-8, “A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

2006 mazda rx-8 grand touring, Pick of the Day: 2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring, ClassicCars.com Journal
2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

The RX-8 is a bit bizarre when you break down its attributes. You get a high-revving rotary engine in a four-door vehicle that is sort of a sports coupe. It wasn’t a dominant performance vehicle — testing by Edmunds had the 2006 RX-8 Grand Touring going from 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds and a ¼-mile time of 15.4 seconds. Those aren’t great numbers (for context, a 2006 Nissan 350Z ran 0-60 mph in 5.5-seconds), but the RX-8 had room for four in a quad coupe setup. Maybe straight-line performance wasn’t the RX-8’s strength, but it was definitely unique.

2006 mazda rx-8 grand touring, Pick of the Day: 2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring, ClassicCars.com Journal
2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

The Pick of the Day is a 2006 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring with 11,506 miles listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Click the link to view the listing)

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