Compare 2009 Mazda RX-8 vs 2008 Honda S2000

2009 Mazda RX-8
2008 Honda S2000
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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
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 18 25 $31,069 $34,300
2-Door Convertible CR 18 25 $32,876 $36,300
2-Door Convertible w/Air Conditioning CR 18 25 $33,780 $37,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,470
$31,069
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,435
$34,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$441 / month
$572 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 49.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 44.8
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 34.6
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 50.7
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 44.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 94.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 68.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 57.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.6 162.2
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 50.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 5.0
Brakes
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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
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 - 11.1 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43 14.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P245/40WR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/45WR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3064 2864
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.4 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 162 @ 6800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/80 2.2L/132
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
232 @ 8500 237 @ 7800
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.13
Clutch Size (in)
9.29 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.48
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.94
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 2.80
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.78 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 Honda S2000
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.07
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Double-wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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