Compare 2008 Honda S2000 vs 2009 Mazda RX-8

2008 Honda S2000
2009 Mazda RX-8
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2-Door Conv
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S2000 2-Door Conv 18 25 $31,069 $34,300
S2000 2-Door Conv CR 18 25 $32,876 $36,300
S2000 2-Door Conv CR w/Air Conditioning 18 25 $33,780 $37,300
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4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $29,326 $31,700
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,470 $26,435
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 16 23 $26,430 $28,560
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $28,681 $31,000
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual R3 16 22 $29,538 $31,930
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,470 $26,435
RX-8 4-Door Coupe Manual Touring 16 22 $25,785 $27,860
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,069
$29,326
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,300
$31,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$572 / month
$528 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Sub-compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
34.6 38.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
44.8 89.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.7 54.8
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Leg Room (in)
44.3 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
49.8 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 48.1
Second Head Room (in)
- 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
162.2 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
50.0 52.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.4 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
94.5 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
57.9 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.0 7.6
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.7 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)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.99
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.9 16.43
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40WR17 P225/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45WR17 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare 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)
2864 3111
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.2L/132 1.3L/80
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
237 @ 7800 212 @ 7500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Rotary
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 6800 159 @ 5500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48 1.40
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.80 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 4.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.58
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.13 3.54
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda S2000 Mazda RX-8
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.07 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double-wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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