Re: This Car only makes 180 HP Oy, Obviously none of you have DRIVEN a new RX-8. I can say with complete confidence that it feels like 1,000 horsepower when it's banging around some back road. Obviously you must keep it in its power range, which can be difficult, but it is a remarkable car... and I hate my friend now because he has one and I don't. I can't attest to anything besides what I read in the aforementioned issue of Sport Compact Car. Auto companies love feeding people lines, and I have a feeling Mazda is doing exactly that with the ÂsmartÂ engine. Is the car losing over 40 horses in the drive train? Seriously doubtful, but I would wager that the current claim of around 230 horse is accurate. I am curious about the torque claims though. I have driven Ford Focuses (Foci?) that seem to have more torque. I await aftermarket goodies with bated breath. On the subject of Rotary reliability, Rotary engines kept blowing because they were turbo charged in the 7. That generated an absolutely silly amount of heat which had a nasty tendency of blowing O rings and gaskets. If you kept the engine up well and didn't hot-dog the car on a regular basis though, the engineÂs fine.