G35 or RX-8?

Ever since our Civic was totaled in an accident, we have had one car. Most of the time, this car has been in use by Amber. Now we think we need another car. So I am looking for a new car.

I want a fun car to drive that should be fast, handle well (especially on curvy mountain roads) but be comfortable and reliable for the daily commute as well. Among other requirements, the car should have:


Horsepower200 hp(150 kW)

curbweighthorsepower13 lb/hp(7.9 kg/kW)

Torque150 ft-lb(203 N-m)

Originally, we were thinking of buying a roadster like Nissan 350Z, Honda S2000, Chevrolet Corvette or Porsche Boxster (Ok, so the last two were a bit out of our reach, but I can dream; wait, if I dreamed I would get this car). But with an almost-eight-month old kid, that is not practical. So now our choices are limited to 4-seaters, though the requirement of sportiness is still there.

The cars I am considering are the Infiniti G35 Coupe and Mazda RX-8, both with manual transmission (more fun and Amber can’t drive it!). Does anyone have any thoughts on either of these cars? Opinions of owners of G35 or RX-8 would be especially appreciated.

The infant/toddler/booster seat will definitely be an issue. The larger convertible or 3-in-1 seats don’t fit in either G35 or RX-8. Infiniti has a list of seats that fit in the G35, but even then I need to check how problematic it would be to put my daughter into a rear facing car seat. But I like the G35 coupe much better than their sedan. And let’s face it, the Coupe looks like the 350Z.

Also, feel free to chime in with other models that you think I could like.

Categorized as Cars, MathML

By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


  1. You had narrow escape son !
    I have never had such an immediate reaction as I had today and that after reading only half-way through. Oh my my, I can’t even dream of my little darling being left out. Just seeing models Nissan 350Z / Honda S2000 / Chevrolet Corvette / Porsche Boxster, I was about to jot down some hard words but I thought of reading the whole first.

    Buy any according to your choice and pocket but comfort of my little darling takes preference over everything else.

  2. If you wanted a sportscar but could only afford say,an 8-10 year old Prelude or 3000GT I might be sympathetic, but you talk about which of these fancy cars you want to buy and also ask people to help you with paying for your bandwidth? Give me a break.

  3. Dad: Good that you read the whole post before commenting!

    Hugo: I don’t say I need help to pay for my webhosting. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to donate.

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