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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 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
2-Door Coupe V6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
2-Door Convertible V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
2-Door Convertible GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,458
$19,906
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,435
$21,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$441 / month
$357 / 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. Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 34.7
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 51.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 53.4
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 29.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 89.0 83.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) 48.1 46.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 174.3 188.1
Height, Overall (in) 52.8 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.3 62.9
Wheelbase (in) 106.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 80.1
Track Width, Front (in) 58.9 62.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.6 13.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.75
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) 11.9 x - TBD - 11.5 x 1.18
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 16
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.43 15.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 33.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.99 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 36.8 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/55R16 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/55R16 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3084 3400
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.7 12.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas Rotary Gas V6
Fuel System MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 159 @ 5500 240 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA 99N
Displacement 1.3L/80 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 212 @ 7500 210 @ 5300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear wheel drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.19
Trans Order Code NA 44F
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.30 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.58 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.54 3.75
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.41
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Mazda RX-8 Ford Mustang
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.13
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 3-link solid axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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