15k: RXV8: 2004 Mazda RX-8, LS1

The RX-8 was Mazda’s replacement for the out of production RX-7, introduced as a last chance attempt at saving the rotary engine.  The RX-8 was built starting in 2003 and ending in 2011 when the lights went out on production of Felix Wankel’s spinning machine…for now.  Anyway, the RX-8 rapidly gained the a similar reputation to the RX-7 — specifically that it was a great car to drive, but the engine blew up faster than a George Clooney relationship…or about 4 years.  What do you do when your factory Mazda engine starts seeing other people?  Swap in a fuel injected Chevrolet V8.  Find this 2004 Mazda RX-8 with LS1 swap currently bidding for $12,000 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.

This 2004 RX-8 originally had a naturally aspirated 2 rotor Wankel displacing 1.3 liters and rated at 247 horsepower when new.  It isn’t a
bad engine at all, but the lack of low end torque and Kitty Hawk-class thirst for crude makes it less than perfect.  Fortunately it is
easy enough to swap the ubiquitous GM LS1 alloy 5.7 liter V8 in for a
minimum of 350 horsepower out of the box.  

This LS1 looks to have been massaged for more than the stock horsepower, although the seller does not include a breakdown of the modifications, so you’ll have to guess power level.  This RXV8 uses an automatic transmission so it is more of a drag strip terror than an apex hunter.

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