Road Tests Real world tests of Mazda RX-8 vs Focus RS


Mazda RX-8
6.4 s
Focus RS
5.7 s

Top speed

Mazda RX-8
144 mph
Focus RS
163 mph


Mazda RX-8
17 s
Focus RS
13 s

1/4 mile

Mazda RX-8
15 s
Focus RS
14.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Default view of Mazda RX-8

Reasons to consider the
Mazda RX-8

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Slightly lighter curb weight 3,029 lb vs 3,227 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Ford Focus RS

Reasons to consider the
Ford Focus RS

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Faster top speed 163 mph vs 144 mph 19 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 326 ft-lb @ 2,250 RPM vs 159 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM More than 2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster to 60mph 5.7 s vs 6.4 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 14.2 s vs 15 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Bigger engine 2,500 cc vs 1,308 cc More than 90% bigger engine
More powerful engine 301 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 238 HP @ 8,500 RPM More than 25% stronger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mazda RX-8  vs
Focus RS 
Brand Mazda Ford
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2008 2009
Highway mileage 28 MPG 30 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.73 lb/hp 10.72 lb/hp
Maximum hp 238 HP @ 8,500 RPM 301 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 159 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM 326 ft-lb @ 2,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,308 cc 2,500 cc
Air compressor None Turbocharger
Compression ratio 10:1 9:1

road tests

Mazda RX-8  vs
Focus RS 
Top speed 144 mph 163 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 14.2 s
0-60mph 6.4 s 5.7 s
0-100mph 17 s 13 s


Drivetrain RWD FWD w/Quaife LSD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,029 lb 3,227 lb
Width 69.7 in 72.5 in
Height 52.8 in 58.4 in
Length 174.3 in 173.3 in
Wheelbase 106.4 in 103.9 in
Mazda RX-8
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