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RX-8 records strong residuals

Mazda’s RX-8 model will retain almost 40% of its new retail price, according to the latest valuation from CAP Motor Research.

The used car valuation company predict the four-door, four seat coupe, which debuted in 2003, will still retain almost 40% of new retail price - £21,150 for the 190bhp model and £22,650 for the 229bhp derivative at three-years/60,000 miles - while early models now reaching used car forecourts are retailing at £10,150 upwards.

Jeff Knight, forecast manager for CAP, said: "The RX-8 continues to have driver appeal. Although it has been on the roads for four years the car continues to have a ‘wow’ factor as it looks good and is completely different in styling from any other model."

The used sticker price on an 03-plated 190bhp with 60,000 miles on the clock continues to be over £10,000, according to CAP, while a 53 model at similar mileage will retail at around £10,395. Move up to the 229bhp and an 03 model will cost around £11,250 at 60,000 miles with a 53 version costing around £11,495.

Simon Harris, consumer editor at car buying guide Parker’s said: "Used car buyers are attracted by the RX-8’s status as a stylish sports coupé with room for four adults plus luggage. It isn’t merely a coupe version of a less exciting upper-medium saloon – it has proper sportscar styling and handling, and is very well equipped."

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