Yeah , Mhm , Right , guys , we're in the r x , a r three .
So in this video , I'm going to tell you four things you need to know about the r three and why you should buy one .
Because this is my car .
I've had it for a while now and it's been ace .
So let's get into it , OK ?
My first point is what drew me to the R X eight in the first place .
And that's the fact that this car drives beautifully , especially for an old car as well .
I mean , the R S A came out in 2003 .
This is an oh nine car .
It's an R three , which had a few upgrades , but yeah , the car is just wonderful to drive .
So what makes it so good ?
Well , firstly , you've got the rotary engine revs out to 9000 creamy smooth , and it's really light as well , and it's really compact , so they've been able to set it right far back in the chassis .
And that helps in all sorts of areas , one of which is the steering , because with the lack of weight over the front axle , there's actually not too much assistance in the wheel , and that means you get lovely little messages of feedback .
OK , it's an EPA system .
So in the wet Yeah , it's a little bit flighty , and you don't really know where you are with the front tyres .
But other than that , yeah , you've just got a nice sense of the road surface , and in the dry , at least you've got a really good connection with the front end .
And then there's the ride quality , which is great .
I mean , for the type of car it is .
This R three car has Bill Stein dampers .
They're 20% stiffer than standard , and it's on 19 inch wheels .
But you think it would fall apart compared to the standard car on a bumpy road .
But actually , the opposite is true , because the standard car , the structure , wasn't all that stiff , and it wasn't very well damped .
There was plenty of vertical movement .
It tended to crash into small imperfections on the road , and the R three goes a long way to rectifying those issues .
So for a start , the body control is much , much better .
It's much more tied down , and there's much less pitch in the car when you're pushing , which just makes it feel more precise .
And also the shell is stiffer .
There's been some more welding , and the front cross member is filled with foam , which gives a bit of extra stiffness , which is really appreciated because when you fire this thing at a bumpy road , you really feel a sense of strength in the car that you don't usually feel in an R X A , which is really welcome .
It really , really good .
They tuned it really nicely for UK roads .
Still , the best riding R X I've ever driven is the Pz car , which is tuned by pro Drive has a similar set up to this in terms of suspension , but it's on 18 inch super light aus wheels , and that really helps with the ride .
It means that the wheel control is just much better , and there's less coarseness from the profile of the tyre .
Yeah , and then we get on to the chassis balance and this car is just a yob .
You just grab it by the scruff and it's friendly .
It's predictable , relatively long wheel base and because it's not got so much to £150 foot .
You can just plant the power , and as soon as you get into that sweet spot above 7000 r PM , the reel will break loose and you've got to be on your game .
Really , because in the wet , at least there's not that much feedback from the chassis , but it will slide once you've got it set onto an angle .
You're not waiting for turbos to spool up .
You're not waiting for a mushy throttle response .
You feel like whatever you do with your right foot has a direct effect on the attitude of the car , which is lovely .
I mean , that's what you want to see , isn't it ?
That's what you want a Japanese rear wheel drive car to do and an R X eight .
Well , you can just chuck it sideways whenever you want .
It's brilliant .
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And the second reason why you should buy an R X A is because the amount of car that you get for the money is just absurd .
So we've already described how good It is to drive how engaging it is , how much fun it is to sling around on a mountain road .
But other than that , for about four or five grand for a good r three , you get these lovely styling tweaks that bring it bang up today .
I mean , this car still looks fresh today , and it's 10 years old .
You got the side skirts , you got the new front bumper , the new lights , the new wheels as well , which look fabulous .
And , yeah , when you look at this car and you think , Well , I personally paid 2.5 grand for this thing .
It's an absolute steal , isn't it ?
And then you sit inside and you find some more foods for your money .
First of all , you sit in a Recaro seat , which is just wonderful .
This is one of the best seats I've tried in a road car .
The support is brilliant .
The lumber support is great .
I'm sat nice and low and on track .
You really appreciate that .
But other than that , yeah , we've got red stitching everywhere .
It feels well built .
It does feel very Japanese , actually , in the way that some plastics are really scratchy and and glossy , and it's just been cobbled together by some mad Japanese guy .
But but at least he's installed a Bose sound system , which is more than welcome , as is a six CD changer , auxiliary connectivity , Bluetooth connectivity as well .
And in a car that , well , you can pick up a normal R X eight with all those things for a grand .
If it's a good one , that is which you gotta be careful with .
But , yeah , the amount of car is brilliant .
I've got seats back there suicide doors , which is just mad .
And , uh , yeah , the amount of equipment just makes this an amazing proposition at the money .
And this is a car that rests to 9000 r PM with a brilliant chassis that's engaging , that's refined as you can hear as well .
We've got xenon lights , which are automatic automatic wipers .
The has got it all the r three , at least , so that's brilliant , OK , and the third reason is that when you're not being a hooligan and a yob and chucking this sideways everywhere and right up in the revs and driving it like it's designed for and you just want to cruise around .
You want to relax , you want to slow down , put it in sixth and just cruise .
It's wonderful for that as well , because it's refined .
There's not much N V H coming into the cabin .
It's well isolated .
OK , it's not a Rolls Royce Phantom , but it is very refined for the type of car it is and for the age of the car as well .
And because this engine is so smooth , you just drop it in six .
And we're doing about 55 miles an hour right now .
2.5 1000 r PM and it's barely noticeable .
You can't even hear the thing , so that's nice as well .
It's really not tiring on a long journey , whereas other sports cars can be boom uncomfortable , and the ride can be unsettling .
A lot of noise and vibration into the cabin .
This really doesn't have any of that .
It feels really , really usable .
And all these factors the practicality , the refinement , the ease of use they help make this such a great proposition for an everyday track car .
That's exactly why I use this car for it's a car that when my Alpha Julia is not on the road or it's raining outside and it'll turn to dust if it sees any moisture , I'll take this or I'll take this to the circuit because it's practical .
I can fit my friends in the back .
I can fit my helmet and all my gear in the boot as well , and you'll just jump out of the car , crashes the daisy and ready to go on track and really exploit the chassis and the motor .
So , yeah , as a track , a proposition .
If you can find a good one , it is brilliant .
I'd thoroughly recommend an R X A OK , and the fourth thing you need to know .
And it's quite obvious if you know anything about the R X eight and the rotary engine is that running costs really aren't this car's for OK , You can pick the car up for about 1200 quid , and it might have good compression , which you really must check , by the way , because that's a deal breaker with one of these .
If it's got a good engine , then it's brilliant .
If it hasn't , then you'll be in a world of trouble .
Yeah , although they're cheap to buy the running costs are extortionate because of the emissions of this rotary engine .
It costs 500 quid a year to tax .
It's a bit painful to say that , but that's the truth .
And then there's a fuel efficiency , which really isn't that great with one of these .
I mean , on a really good run .
If you drive like a saint , you'll get about 19 p g , which is appalling , really when you think that a McLaren 7 20 s with a four litre twin turbo V eight and 720 horsepower will get five mpg more than this weedy little r X eight .
I mean , that is ridiculous , isn't it ?
But the car is cheap to buy anyway , so you do sort of get a bit of payback in that respect .
And another thing , this rotary engine by design , it uses oil , and this car has an extra oil injector being the R three car , which does help with reliability .
But you really need to keep on top of the oil level of this because yeah , if it runs low , you can really risk wearing out the rotor tips .
And then there'll be a rebuild coming your way for about 2.5 grand .
And when you think of the value of the car itself , yeah , you really want to avoid that .
So check the oil .
Make sure it's always topped up .
Go through the usual procedures of owning a rotary like never just shutting it off from cold .
And uh , yeah , you'll be fine .
OK , so that's it .
That's why you should buy an R X A .
And I hope I've given you reason enough to go out and buy one yourself .
But please don't blame me if it goes wrong , which it may well do , Yeah .
Overall , the R X eight is just a lovely driver's car .
It's usable .
It's practical .
It's got its pitfalls , obviously .
But what car doesn't and please like the video , If you enjoyed it , subscribe as well .
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