Mazda RX-8 

  • $27k built in Japan
  • 2003-2008
  • 238 HP 1.3L
  • 144 mph
You can't help but wonder how much longer the rotary-powered Mazda RX-8 will survive.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
The R3 model has aggressive Recaro seats and comes standard with Bluetooth, Bose audio, and a keyless entry and starting system.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mazda RX-8


Mazda RX-8
6.4 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s
MR2 Spyder
7.3 s

Top speed

Mazda RX-8
144 mph
MR2 Spyder
123 mph
MX-5 Miata
130 mph


Mazda RX-8
17 s
MR2 Spyder
20.6 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

1/4 mile

Mazda RX-8
15 s
Cooper S S
17.79 s
MX-5 Miata
16.3 s

Data points Key details of the Mazda RX-8


Mazda RX-8
Subaru BRZ
MR2 Spyder


Mazda RX-8
238 HP
MR2 Spyder
138 HP
MX-5 Miata
170 HP

In The News From around the web


Mazda RX-8
The new RX-8 also offers a new five-spoke wheel design featuring a symbolic and sporty design reminiscent of the rotary engine, with different arrangements for each wheel size.
PERFORMANCE INNOVATION – MORE SPORTS CAR DRIVING PLEASURE Through-and-through, the RX-8 is a pure sports car that gives the driver an exciting and dynamic experience.

Mazda RX-8
It's compact design and increased power can be attributed to a new side-intake, side-exhaust layout with the exhaust ports moved to the side housing of the rotor chamber.
Naturally aspirated, the RENESIS is smaller and lighter than Mazda's previous turbo rotary engine (13B-REW), and it is only 338mm high, the same as the transmission.

2009 Mazda RX-8

AutomobileMag News
A sport suspension with Bilstein shocks is paired with foam-filled front suspension crossmembers for a smoother ride and more control.
The tachometer also gets an update and will now vary the red zone depending on engine temperature.

2009 Mazda RX-8 - Top Speed
The center IP shape was redesigned to give a feeling of dynamic movement, a variable red-zone was added to the tachometer that will rise as the engine comes to operating temperature and a new steering wheel and redesigned front and rear seats are also added.
Even pedestrian protection was considered, as the RX-8 is fitted with Mazda’s "shock-cone" hood design that yields more to the impact of a pedestrian onto the hood than a standard design, yet is strong enough to not deform in normal use.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mazda
Price $27,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2003-2008
Highway mileage 28 MPG


Body style Coupe


Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.76:1
  2. 2: 2.27:1
  3. 3: 1.65:1
  4. 4: 1.19:1
  5. 5: 1:1
  6. 6: 0.84:1
Axle ratio 4.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203
Rear wheels 457/? 203

road tests

Top speed 144 mph
1/4 mile 15 s
0-60mph 6.4 s
0-100mph 17 s

power & handling

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


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

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,029 lb
Width 69.7 in
Height 52.8 in
Length 174.3 in
Front track width 58.9 in
Wheelbase 106.4 in
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