coming from a rx8 owner i agree i wasnt to impressed about the r3. the rx8 stock put out anywhere from 185+ rwhp. the power curve is also very different from other cars and may feel abit sluggish on the lower rpms. the rx8 makes all the power up top past 5k rpm is when it power starts when the 5th and 6th ports open up. i have dyno 211rwhp and 149rwtq with the mods that i have.follow link to my mod list. i know the numbers is not that eye popping but for a N/A 1.3L engine that is pretty damn impressive.I have heard good things about the suspension though on the R3s. IMO from riding in a base RX8 it seems like less then 200 hp. Very doggy.
I would find it hard NOT to be aroused driving an FD. I would be higher then a set of giraffe balls!
November 2009 Rotary RX-8 of the Month - MIKES'8