The RX-8 does not outhandle an FD.Originally Posted by DTR rex
When modified, FCs are not any more reliable than FDs. Unless you're talking about the NA FC. The whole engine reliability stigma comes from the rotary engine design's inherent lack of tolerance for detonation of any sort. A strong piston engine can knock every once in a while. It's not good for the motor, and it could blow the engine if it's bad enough. But a piston engine can survive it. If a rotary engine pings even once, it'll blow an apex seal and it's rebuild time. NA rotaries (Like the old 12As, NA 13Bs, RENESIS) generally never suffer this problem and indeed will usually last 300k+ miles with regular maintainance. Once the engine is turbocharged, that's when problems start to happen. FC Turbos have the same problems. The chances of a knock event are much higher under boost. Other than that, the only other issue that makes the FD any less reliable than any other rotary is the vacuum lines for the TT system. Which should be replaced with silicone hoses as soon as you buy an FD.