I like this car and Mazda's philosophy, but I don't consider 3000lbs "lightweight". That whole 4 door, 4 seat scports car is a snazzy idea, but who cares? The people buying this car will almost never have someone in the back seats. Imagine driving this 3000lbs car + 4 passengers = 3700lbs with 159lb-ft of torque. It ain't gonna be zoom-zoomin'.daSchtick said:After reading many posts on the RX-8 forum, I noticed many "non-believers" complaining about the lack of torque. Sound familiar?
I love focused lightweight performance cars like the Celica, S2000, and RX-8, and I have to laugh when I read the word "torqueless". These narrow-minded people obviously skip over the skidpad, slalom, and braking numbers, and do not appreciate the nimble feel of lightweight performance. Cars like these are NOT dragsters, but instead are designed to connect the driver to the road. The engines in these cars are remarkable in their ability to produce enormous power, with a minimal weight penalty.
Sure, a V8 car may lose us at the strip, but I've been there, and it is no longer my forte. Bring on the lightweights!