The four-door sports car has an unusual look to go with its unusual set of doors and its unusual powertrain. . The arched wheels, relatively long wheelbase and stubby side rear windows give it a distinctively Japanese look that's polarizing, and it's not growing more handsome with age. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557219100212 ; listingsSearchManager. I hate being lied to that bad. A maximum torque rating of 159 pound-feet is not much to brag about, but with a 9000-rpm redline 7500-rpm with the automatic transmission , you can milk every ounce of the engine's power before upshifting.
What makes the rotary engine unique is its simple architecture. The rotary is therefore mechanically very simple, has minimal moving parts and is quite small. . The electrically controlled steering is neutral and extremely precise in both its execution and feedback. There's simply not enough usable back-seat room to make the exercise worthwhile.
One disappointment is that electronic stability control—a standard feature on nearly every other sports car now isn't available on the base Sport model, though it's included in the other Touring, Grand Touring, and R3 models. Mazda's trademark rotary engine tries to engage drivers as best it can. If you're interested in more details on this distinctive sports car, read our most recent. The vibration is not intrusive in any way, and actually makes the car feel as though it has a beating heart. A 2 on a scale of 1-10 Caveat Emptor,friends.
It's also endowed with a 300-watt Bose Centerpoint audio system, Bluetooth interface, and smoky forged-alloy wheels. It gets a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks, and high-performance tires on 19-inch wheels. The sports-car stance wraps around a 2+2 cabin that's just barely roomy for adults in front, and very tight in back for anyone but children. Instead of pistons, valves, camshafts, connecting rods and a crankshaft, the rotary requires only an output shaft surrounded by triangular-shaped rotors housed in chambers that are shaped somewhat like ovals with pinched middles. I just put my check in my pocket and bought a real truck the next day. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager.
The ride quality can go jittery on some surfaces, and abrupt changes of road cambering reveal some twitchy responses, but the typical Mazda lightness and vivacity is here. Making that rear seat a touch more accessible are rear-hinged doors that can open once the front-hinged front doors are open. It's a compact powerplant--a 1. Mazda's six-speed manual is one of our favorites, requiring only the slightest flicks to slip from gear to gear. The cabin is one of Mazda's nicer efforts, with a flowing, low-slung design. Currently, the only way to listen to music from an iPod is through the auxiliary audio input jack located in the center console. The R3 adds to the Sport's standard equipment a sport tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, side sills, fog lights, 19-inch wheels wrapped in performance rubber and Recaro sport seats.
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