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Selected Style 4-Door Coupe Manual Sport
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,470 $26,435
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $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
2-Door Coupe
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 20 28 $51,567 $59,100
2-Door Coupe 23 32 $43,075 $49,400
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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8.2
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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
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 48.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 - TBD -
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.1 58.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.6 9.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.7 x - TBD - 11.73 x 0.94
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 36.8 - TBD -
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3064 2866
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 232 @ 8500 245 @ 6500
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 32
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Mazda RX-8 Porsche Cayman
Suspension
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 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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
 
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