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The ingenious Mazda RX-8 is a true four-seat sports car, and its small but powerful rotary engine makes this possible.

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Sport AT Coupe

General Pricing

Resale Value $26,435.00 $34,185.00 $31,290.00
Destination $560.00 $925.00 $700.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 2.6L R2 3.2L V6 6.0L V8
Horsepower 212 @ 7500 RPM 215 @ 5700 RPM 400 @ 5200 RPM
Torque 159 @ 5500 RPM 229 @ 3000 RPM 400 @ 4000 RPM
Valves 0 3 2
Displacement (cc) 2616 3199 5970
Bore X Stroke (in.) 0.0 X 0.0 3.5 X 3.3 4.0 X 3.6
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10:1 10.9:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) N/A 17 16
Highway (mpg) N/A 25 21

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 3075.4 3088.7 3725.8
Wheelbase (in.) 106.4 94.5 109.8
Length (in.) 174.3 159.8 189.8
Width (in.) 69.7 69.5 72.5
Height (in.) 52.8 51.8 54.9
Track Front (in.) 58.9 58.8 61.8
Track Rear (in.) 59.3 59.1 62.1
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A N/A

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 4 2 4
Front Headroom (in.) 38.2 37.3 37.3
Rear Headroom (in.) 36.8 N/A 37.3
Front Legroom (in.) 42.7 42.7 42.2
Rear Legroom (in.) 32.2 N/A 37.1
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 54.8 52.7 59.7
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) 54.9 N/A 51.7
Front Hip Room (in.) 53.4 53.3 58.0
Rear Hip Room (in.) 48.1 N/A 50.2

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) N/A 42.1 91.0

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension wishbone wishbone strut
Rear Suspension multi-link multi-link trailing
Tires 225/55R16 225/40R18 245/45R17

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std. Std. Std.

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 N/A N/A Std.
Vehicle Stability Control System N/A Std. 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 Yes
DVD Player N/A N/A N/A
Navigation Aid N/A N/A N/A

Interior

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

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std. Std. 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 Yes

Roof

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

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std. Std. Std.

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