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What Changed

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 wears a restyled front fascia with new headlamps. In the back, a new bumper accompanies larger diameter exhaust outlets. The powertrain remains the same, but manual transmission models now include a lower ratio in the differential. A trapezoidal strut tower brace has been added for extra rigidity. The RX-8 continues to offer Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, but adds a new R3 sport package. The R3 sport package features a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks and urethane-filled front suspension crossmemebers. The R3 package also wears a unique front bumper, side sill extensions, 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

Comparison to Prior Model

2009 Mazda RX-8 2008 Mazda RX-8
2009 Mazda RX-8 2008 Mazda RX-8
Price Range ($) $26,435 - $31,930 $26,435 - $31,770
Length (in) 175.6 174.3
Wheelbase (in) 106.4 106.4
Width (in) 69.7 69.7
Height (in) 52.8 52.8
Track (in) 59.1 58.9
Exterior Volume (cu. ft.) 317.1 313.7
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3064-3111 3029-3053
Legroom Total (in.) 74.9
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 89.4
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 7.5
Driven Wheels
  • RWD
  • RWD
Engines
  • 1.3l (212-bhp)
  • 1.3l (232-bhp)
  • 1.3l (212-bhp)
  • 1.3l (232-bhp)
Transmissions A6, M6 A6, M6
City MPG 16 16
Highway MPG 22-23 22-23
Combined MPG 19 19
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