- Jun 23, 2006
- Canadaland :)
- 1995 Nissan 240SX
Hell I have been in an RX8 on the left lane of the autobahn before a few times as a passenger and nothing can match the exhilaration of revving that rotary wankel all the way upto 9000rpm.
He's got a point. Rotary engines are just so exhilarating. Not only does it rev way up to near the double-digits, but it has a very unique ability to grab it's power at about 3,000 RPM and then hold it all the way up to the high-RPM redline. Most engines have to gradually build up their power, but the wankel is just so much more efficient in the way it gathers and holds onto it's power. This also means that the gearing can be shorter because it will have the same-or-similar top speeds per gear as other similarly-powered non-rotary-engined cars, but it will accelerate more quickly through each gear. My 240SX, for example, has about the same power, and much more torque than a 2nd-gen RX-7; but the RX is admittedly much more exciting and quite a bit faster; solely because of the attributes of the rotary engine.
And, an RX-8 with 220-some horsepower could easily be a V8 Mustang-beater, I'm sure. I'd love to drive one of those things some day.