The last rotary-engined car built, Mazda's RX-8 provides a unique driving experience. Until you've tried one, it's hard to imagine how smooth its free-revving engine really is, or how enjoyable its handling. With comfortable space for four, it can be practical too.
Like most Japanese cars, the RX-8 is generally well built, but the rotary engine can suffer from hot starting and rotor tip wear issues, which can prove expensive to put right. Extensive back-up from owner forums and independent specialists - listed in the guide - mean that these problems can be addressed, but choosing a good RX-8 requires care.
This guide will help you do just that. Understand the differences between models, and learn what to look for when buying one. What are the true running costs, and does the need for a new engine mean the end to your dreams? What other issues - with the mechanicals, body or interior - should you look out for? Follow the advice of an experienced RX-8 owner and benefit from his research among owners and specialists in Europe and North America.
Julian Parish hails from the south of England, but has now lived and worked in France for many years. After a career in publishing and international software development, Julian now contributes regularly to magazines including Classic & Sports Car, and translates motoring content from French and German into English. He has both written and translated several of Veloce's Essential Buyer's Guides, mainly concentrating on the Mercedes-Benz marque, for which he has a particular passion. He has also written the popular travel guides France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts and The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe, also published by Veloce. Julian is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers.