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2006 Mazda RX-8 Model Comparison

6-Speed Coupe

General Pricing

Resale Value $26,435.00 $20,435.00 $18,890.00
Destination $560.00 $560.00 $620.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 2.6L R2 2.0L I4 3.0L V6
Horsepower 232 @ 8500 RPM 170 @ 6700 RPM 148 @ 4900 RPM
Torque 159 @ 5500 RPM 140 @ 5000 RPM 180 @ 3950 RPM
Valves 0 4 2
Displacement (cc) 2616 1992 2970
Bore X Stroke (in.) 0.0 X 0.0 3.4 X 3.3 3.5 X 3.1
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10.8:1 9.1:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) N/A N/A 18
Highway (mpg) N/A N/A 23

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 3044.6 2440.5 3421.6
Wheelbase (in.) 106.4 91.7 125.7
Length (in.) 174.3 157.3 201.7
Width (in.) 69.7 67.7 69.4
Height (in.) 52.8 49.0 64.8
Track Front (in.) 58.9 58.7 58.6
Track Rear (in.) 59.3 58.9 57.3
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A 7.3

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 4 2 5
Front Headroom (in.) 38.2 37.4 39.2
Rear Headroom (in.) 36.8 N/A 35.6
Front Legroom (in.) 42.7 43.1 42.2
Rear Legroom (in.) 32.2 N/A 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 54.8 53.2 53.8
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) 54.9 N/A 15.3
Front Hip Room (in.) 53.4 50.6 52.7
Rear Hip Room (in.) 48.1 N/A N/A

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) N/A 46.0 N/A

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension wishbone wishbone wishbone
Rear Suspension multi-link multi-link beam
Tires 225/45R18 205/50R16 225/70R15

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std. N/A N/A

Braking & Traction

4 Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive
ABS Brakes (2 or 4 Wheel) Std. Std. Std.
Limited Slip Differential or Axle Std. N/A N/A
Vehicle Stability Control System N/A N/A N/A

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Radio AM/FM AM/FM AM/FM
Cassette Player N/A N/A N/A
CD Player Yes Yes N/A
CD Changer N/A N/A N/A
DVD Player N/A N/A N/A
Navigation Aid N/A N/A N/A

Interior

Cruise Control Std. N/A N/A
Tilt Steering Yes Yes N/A
Telescopic Steering Column N/A N/A N/A

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std. N/A Std.

Safety

Driver Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Front Side Airbag Std. Std. N/A
Passenger Side Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Rear Side Airbag N/A N/A N/A

Seats

Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat N/A N/A N/A

Roof

Sunroof / Moonroof N/A N/A N/A

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std. Std. N/A

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