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Selected Style 4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport
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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 Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,380 $31,770
4-Door Coupe Manual 40th Anniversary 16 22 $29,011 $31,370
4-Door Coupe Automatic 40th Anniversary 16 23 $29,658 $32,070
2-Door Coupe SE
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-compact Midsize sedan
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.0
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.3 63.1
Wheelbase (in) 106.4 116.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.6 16.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.4
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 18.5
Steering
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
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P225/55R16 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA TW1
Front Tire Size P225/55R16 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA TW1
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
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) 3084 3623
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.7 10.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 730
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 160
Engine
Displacement 1.3L/80 3.5L/214
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 212 @ 7500 250 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas Rotary Gas V6
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 159 @ 5500 250 @ 3800
Engine Order Code NA EGG
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.00
Trans Type 6 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 2.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 1.57
Trans Order Code NA DGV
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.30 2.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.58 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.54 2.84
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda RX-8 Dodge Challenger
Body Style 4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA five-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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