Compare 2008 Mazda RX-8 vs 2009 Dodge Challenger

2008 Mazda RX-8
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4-Door Coupe Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,458 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,458 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $27,318 $29,535
4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $28,057 $30,335
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,735 $31,070
4-Door Coupe Manual 40th Anniversary 16 22 $29,011 $31,370
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,380 $31,770
4-Door Coupe Automatic 40th Anniversary 16 23 $29,658 $32,070
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2-Door Coupe SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe SE 17 25 $20,890 $22,220
2-Door Coupe R/T 16 25 $28,170 $30,220
2-Door Coupe SRT8 13 19 $37,270 $40,220
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,458
$20,890
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,435
$22,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$441 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda RX-8 has a strange appeal: It's a sportscar with soft handling and seating for four. Let the burnouts begin! The Ford Mustang finally has another domestic competitor.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Midsize sedan
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42.0
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 32.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 91.5
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 48.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 58.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 53.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 63.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 116.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 33.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 75.7
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
174.3 197.7
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 16.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 38.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3053 3623
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 10.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 160
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 730
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 250 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA EGG
Displacement
1.3L/80 3.5L/214
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
232 @ 8500 250 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.76 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
9.29 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.65 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.56 2.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.27 1.57
Trans Order Code
NA DGV
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 2.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 Dodge Challenger
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA five-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA SLA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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