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2011 Mazda RX-8 Model Comparison

Sport Coupe

General Pricing

Resale Value $32,960.00 $27,810.00 $23,700.00
Destination $795.00 $795.00 $795.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 2.6L R2 2.0L I4 2.3L I4
Horsepower 212 @ 7500 RPM 158 @ 6700 RPM 263 @ 5500 RPM
Torque 159 @ 5500 RPM 140 @ 5000 RPM 280 @ 3000 RPM
Valves 0 4 4
Displacement (cc) 2616 1999 2261
Bore X Stroke (in.) 0.0 X 0.0 3.4 X 3.3 3.4 X 3.7
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10.8:1 9.5:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) 16 21 18
Highway (mpg) 23 28 25

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 3110.7 2541.9 3271.7
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 91.7 103.9
Length (in.) 175.6 157.3 177.6
Width (in.) 69.7 67.7 69.7
Height (in.) 52.8 49.0 57.5
Track Front (in.) 59.1 58.7 60.4
Track Rear (in.) 59.3 58.9 60.0
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A N/A

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 4 2 5
Front Headroom (in.) 36.7 37.4 38.9
Rear Headroom (in.) 36.5 N/A 38.1
Front Legroom (in.) 42.7 43.1 42.0
Rear Legroom (in.) 32.2 N/A 36.2
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 54.8 53.2 54.9
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) 54.9 N/A 54.0
Front Hip Room (in.) 53.3 50.6 53.7
Rear Hip Room (in.) 48.1 N/A 52.2

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) 89.0 46.0 95.3

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension wishbone wishbone strut
Rear Suspension multi-link multi-link multi-link
Tires 225/45R18 205/45R17 225/40R18

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std. Std. Std.

Braking & Traction

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

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Radio AM/FM AM/FM AM/FM
Cassette Player N/A N/A N/A
CD Player N/A N/A Yes
CD Changer Yes Yes N/A
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 Yes Yes
Telescopic Steering Column N/A N/A Yes

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std. Std. Std.

Safety

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

Seats

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

Roof

Sunroof / Moonroof Std. N/A N/A

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std. Std. Std.

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