Compare 2008 BMW 1-Series vs 2009 Mazda RX-8

2008 BMW 1-Series
2009 Mazda RX-8
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2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $26,310 $28,600
2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV 18 28 $26,310 $28,600
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $30,450 $33,100
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $30,450 $33,100
2-Door Coupe 135i 17 25 $32,110 $34,900
2-Door Convertible 135i 17 26 $35,970 $39,100
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4-Door Coupe Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,470 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,470 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $25,785 $27,860
4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $26,430 $28,560
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,681 $31,000
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,326 $31,700
4-Door Coupe Manual R3 16 22 $29,538 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,310
$24,470
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,600
$26,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$477 / month
$441 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely). If you want a sprightly, track-ready sports coupe with head-turning looks and a little extra space, the 2009 Mazda RX-8 will put a smile on your face.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 32.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 38.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 89.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 48.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 36.8
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 52.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 7.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 12.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.99
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.43
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3064
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 159 @ 5500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 1.3L/80
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 232 @ 8500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas Rotary
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.29
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.54
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.78
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Mazda RX-8
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Type NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 4

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