Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan 350Z vs Mazda RX-8

0-60mph

Nissan 350Z
5.2 s
Mazda RX-8
6.4 s

Top speed

Nissan 350Z
155 mph
Mazda RX-8
144 mph

0-100mph

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
Mazda RX-8
17 s

1/4 mile

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
Mazda RX-8
15 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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Faster to 100mph 13.8 s vs 17 s Around 20% faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 13.8 s vs 15 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Much bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 1,308 cc Around 2.8x bigger engine
More torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM vs 159 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 75% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 155 mph vs 144 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Default view of Mazda RX-8

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Mazda RX-8

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Much higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 6,600 RPM More than 35% more revs
Lighter curb weight 3,029 lb vs 3,370 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan 350Z  vs
Mazda RX-8 
Brand Nissan Mazda
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2002-2007 2003-2008
Highway mileage 25 MPG 28 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.54:1
2: 2.32:1
3: 1.64:1
4: 1.27:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.79:1
Axle ratio 3.54:1 4.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 457/? 203
Rear wheels 216/? 180 457/? 203

road tests

Nissan 350Z  vs
Mazda RX-8 
Top speed 155 mph 144 mph
1/4 mile 13.8 s 15 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 6.4 s
0-100mph 13.8 s 17 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.91 lb/hp 12.73 lb/hp
Maximum hp 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM 238 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Maximum torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM 159 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 6,600 RPM 9,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc 1,308 cc
Cylinders V6 Rotary
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.3:1 10:1

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,370 lb 3,029 lb
Width 71.5 in 69.7 in
Height 51.9 in 52.8 in
Length 169.4 in 174.3 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 106.4 in
Nissan 350Z
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