If you're looking for alternatives to the RX-8, you won't find any other models that provide the same combination of responsiveness, backseat space, and an affordable price.
The BMW M Coupe and Porsche Cayman are sportscars that provide very impressive performance, but neither of them quite has the sharp, connected go-kart-like handling of the RX-8; however, both the BMW and the Porsche have torquey, powerful six-cylinder engines that are easier to live with.
The edgy Honda R2000 roadster has a feel on the road that's comparable in some ways to that of the Mazda RX-8, with crisp handling and a peaky, high-revving engine, but the RX-8 has a quiet enough cabin for occasional road trips—and a backseat for occasional extra passengers.
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|2009 Mazda RX-8Browse Used Listings||2008 Honda S2000Browse Used Listings||2008 Porsche CaymanBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Rotary||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport||2-Door Convertible||2-Door Coupe|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Coupe|
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|2009 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2008 Honda S2000||2009 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2008 Porsche Cayman|