Road Tests Real world tests of GT 86 vs Mazda RX-8

Top speed

GT 86
140 mph
Mazda RX-8
144 mph

0-100mph

GT 86
17.8 s
Mazda RX-8
17 s

1/4 mile

GT 86
15.3 s
Mazda RX-8
15 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Toyota GT 86

Reasons to consider the
Toyota GT 86

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Lighter curb weight 2,596 lb vs 3,029 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Bigger engine 2,000 cc vs 1,308 cc Around 55% bigger engine
Default view of Mazda RX-8

Reasons to consider the
Mazda RX-8

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Slightly faster to 100mph 17 s vs 17.8 s Around 5% faster to 100mph
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 15 s vs 15.3 s Almost the same
Slightly more powerful engine 238 HP @ 8,500 RPM vs 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Faster top speed 144 mph vs 140 mph 4 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

GT 86  vs
Mazda RX-8 
Brand Toyota Mazda
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2003-2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.18 lb/hp 12.73 lb/hp
Maximum hp 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM 238 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Maximum torque 150 ft-lb @ 6,600 RPM 159 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc 1,308 cc
Cylinders Flat 4 Rotary
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1 10:1

road tests

GT 86  vs
Mazda RX-8 
Top speed 140 mph 144 mph
1/4 mile 15.3 s 15 s
0-100mph 17.8 s 17 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,596 lb 3,029 lb
Width 69.9 in 69.7 in
Height 51.2 in 52.8 in
Length 166.9 in 174.3 in
Front track width 59.8 in 58.9 in
Wheelbase 101.2 in 106.4 in
Toyota GT 86
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