You Need This: Wacky Mazda RX-8

Ed
By Ed Higginbotham
Jul 24, 2017 | Mazda

Okay, maybe we’re using the phrase “you need this” a little broadly now, but we couldn’t just pass by this classified ad without sharing it with the rest of the world. It’s a 2005 Mazda RX-8, with a most interesting engine swap. The owner pulled out the rotary engine and replaced it with the mighty 4.5-liter V8 from an Infiniti Q45. If our $2017 Challenge has taught us one thing in recent years, it’s that the Q45 is one of the finest low-buck race cars. The seller is asking for $2600.

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Crash Enburn
Crash Enburn New Reader
7/24/17 4:29 p.m.

It's only 583 years until the $2600 Challenge.

Kreb
Kreb GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/24/17 4:41 p.m.

Makes me wonder why people are having such problems getting V6s to fit?

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
7/24/17 5:09 p.m.
Kreb wrote: Makes me wonder why people are having such problems getting V6s to fit?

because not everyone wants to ruin their RX-8 with a piss-poor suspension swap.

BoostedBrandon
BoostedBrandon Dork
7/24/17 9:11 p.m.

An RX-8 popped up on my local CL about a year ago with an unfinished (of course) SR20DET swapped in. I almost made a terrible decision and bought it.

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