Mazda RX-8 Styling Impressions
When I saw the first RX-8 pictures I didn't like the
styling much, but I'm liking it more now. The nose looks
a lot like a single seat racer with fenders, like a Lotus 7 or
Alfa or Maserati GP car from the 30s-50s. It's got a
Romo-like tail as on RX-7, Miata, etc. All the lines are pretty
interesting and pretty well-proportioned, while the overall result
is perhaps not actually attractive.
I'd bet it was styled in California. Some of the
features are quite delicate like the A-pillar and front fender
and even the roofline. Though I don't like the heavy Mays'
style wheel arches, they do emphasize the wheels and make the
sides more interesting that otherwise. As a 4 seater it's marginally
more practical than a 2 seater and the rotary engine seems quite