You’ll be hard-pressed to find another model that provides the same combination of responsiveness, backseat space, and an affordable price.
BMW’s new Z4 fills the roles of the old Z4 convertible and M Roadster together.
The new Z4 is much more expensive than the RX-8, yet could draw comparisons; they’re both sports cars, but the new BMW Z4 is a much more grown-up grand-tourer.
The Cayman is an amazing sports car, with excellent handling and high-speed stability, but it doesn’t quite have the sharp, connected go-kart-like feel at low speeds that the RX-8 has.
But both the BMW and the Porsche have torquey, powerful six-cylinder engines that are easier to live with.
Another alternative, if you only need two seats, is the Miata with the available power retractable hardtop.
That model, called the PRHT, sells for about the same as a base RX-8; to TheCarConnection.com, the RX-8 is more exciting, but the Miata is a more fuel-efficient, easier-to-maintain choice.
|2010 Mazda RX-8||2011 BMW Z4||2008 Porsche Cayman|
|$26,645Browse Used Listings||$47,450Browse Used Listings||$49,400Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Rotary||Gas I6||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport||2-Door Roadster sDrive30i||2-Door Coupe|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Coupe||2 Dr Conv||2 Door Coupe|