4 August 2003
Induction into the rotary club
The Professor has bagged himself a Mazda RX-8, the very car I was drooling upon at the local dealership last Friday. (Well, not the same literal car, but you know what I mean.)
What I want to know is: Did he get the stick shift?
Posted at 8:36 PM to Driver's Seat
Did you test drive it? I've never driven a rotary, but everyone I know that had an RX-7 has said nothing but good things about it.
I decided not to, on the honorable basis that if I did, I would be very much inclined to write a check. :)
The rotaries have their quirks, but if you look after their particular needs the RX-7 and its predecessors burn a little bit of oil to lubricate the apex seals, which the RX-8 does not, and the very early rotaries without knock sensors would blow those seals with the slightest detonation they're darn near indestructible, and there's something delightful about spooling up to 8000 rpm and knowing you have a thousand revs left.