Compare 2010 Mazda RX-8 vs 2011 BMW Z4

2010 Mazda RX-8
2011 BMW Z4
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4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,664 $26,645
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,664 $26,645
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $29,704 $32,110
4-Door Coupe Manual R3 16 22 $29,732 $32,140
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $30,350 $32,810
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2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive30i 18 28 $43,655 $47,450
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $49,080 $53,350
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $57,500 $62,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,664
$43,655
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,645
$47,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$444 / month
$791 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is one of the few true track-ready sports cars you can get that actually has a backseat; the RX-8 is practical, but not too much so. The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42.2
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 98.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 59.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.6 167.0
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 50.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 61.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 10.9/6.4
Brakes
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 - 13.0 x 0.9
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 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.1
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3111 3241
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 147
Engine
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas I6
Fuel System
MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 220 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/80 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
212 @ 7500 255 @ 6600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.30 4.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.31
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.01
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Dr Conv
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 BMW Z4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut-Type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Double-Pivot
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Central Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5

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