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2011 Mazda RX-8

At a Glance

Pricing $26,795 - $32,960
Drive Types RWD
Engines 1.3l
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 16 (city), 22-23 (highway)

Overview Information

As the only rotary sports car, the RX-8 is a unique vehicle. Although not officially a replacement for the RX-7, this Mazda has essentially taken over the role of its predecessor as Mazda's premium sports car, positioned above the popular MX-5. Although the Nissan 350Z is its direct rival in this sports car segment, the RX-8 offers a radically different driving experience. Powered by a 232-bhp/159 lb.-ft. 1.3L Wankel rotary mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic (engine output drops to 212-bhp with the automatic), the RX-8 offers superb handling, but sacrifices straight-line acceleration in the process. Although Mazda's gearing exploits the Wankel's 9000 RPM redline, the penalty is poor fuel economy and a buzzy engine note on the highway. Available features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation system, and Bose 300-watt audio system. Despite its faults, the RX-8 is at home on a tightly curving country road, where its light weight and balanced handling ensure a truly enjoyable experience.

Official Word:

Launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8 hit the global market with a serious bang and has since gone on to win 48 global vehicle awards, including 2003 Japanese Car of the Year, Australia's Wheels magazine's Car of the Year for 2003, 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2004 Singapore Car of the Year, the 2004 U.S. Best Sports Car and UK Car of the Year 2004. It was also named on Car and Driver magazine's Ten...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
RX-8 Sport 1.3l (212-bhp) A6 RWD 16/23/19 $26,795
RX-8 Sport 1.3l (232-bhp) M6 RWD 16/22/19 $26,795
RX-8 Grand Touring 1.3l (232-bhp) M6 RWD 16/22/19 $32,260
RX-8 Grand Touring 1.3l (212-bhp) A6 RWD 16/23/19 $32,960
RX-8 R3 1.3l (232-bhp) M6 RWD 16/22/19 $32,290