Compare 2009 Mazda RX-8 vs 2008 Porsche Cayman

2009 Mazda RX-8
2008 Porsche Cayman
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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 Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 23 32 $43,075 $49,400
2-Door Coupe S 20 28 $51,567 $59,100
2-Door Coupe S Design Edition 20 28 $61,102 $69,900
2-Door Coupe S Sport 20 28 $61,102 $69,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,470
$43,075
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,435
$49,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$441 / month
$823 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
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 Porsche Cayman can be just as much of a blast to drive as the flagship 911 sports car; if you watch the options, it’s a deal, too.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.6 172.1
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 51.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 9.2
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 - 11.78 x 0.79
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 - 11.73 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.8 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P205/55ZR/17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P235/50ZR/17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3064 2866
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas Flat 6-cyl
Fuel System
MPFI SMFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 201 @ 4600-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/80 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
232 @ 8500 245 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.78 3.75
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
9.29 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.43
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 Porsche Cayman
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
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 MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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