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Mazda RX-8 (Type RS) specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1391 kg (3067 lbs)
Power / weight 166 ps (164 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 152 Nm (112 lb-ft) / t
Introduced 2009
Origin country Japan
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Performance

Top speed 236 kph (147 mph)
0 - 100 kph 6.4 s
0 - 200 kph 27.4 s
0 - 100 mph 15.5 s
Est. 1/8 mile 9.9 s @ 81.4 mph
1/4 mile 14.5 s @ 95.1 mph
Est. 1/2 mile 23.3 s @ 116.8 mph
Est. 1000 m 27.0 s @ 198.0 kph
Est. 100 - 200 kph 21.0 s
0 - 100 mph - 0 21.6 s

More acceleration times

Mazda RX-8 acceleration graph

Powertrain

Engine type R2-Rotary
Displacement 1.3 l (79 ci)
Power 231 ps (228 bhp / 170 kw)
Torque 211 Nm (156 lb-ft)
Power / liter 178 ps (175 hp)
Transmission 6 speed manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive

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BR2  5y ago

The RX8 does run the 1/4 in 14.5@95.6Mph, USA Magazine Road&Track Ran one that did those time, but i think it was for an older model non R3, nontheless it does it.


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Dirtdickler  5y ago

Yeah the RX-8 doesn't run a 14.5@95mph 1/4 mile...

Road test typically have it in the ~14.8-15.0 range or about equal to the MX-5 Miata (U.S. version NC2 / 09+)

The 0-60 may be correct due to gearing as it needs just 2 shifts to hit 60.

So yeah where's the crediable link showing an RX-8 posting a 14.5@95mph 1/4 mile time?


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TheFrank  7y ago

@Dan

Why are you planning on selling it if you don't mind me asking? I understand that the MPG isn't the greatest (by far) but other than that I have trouble finding much fault in it. Yes, it could be quicker but let’s be honest it's quick enough as long as you're in the right gear.

I hear they're offering 6yr/100k powertrain warranties on the new RX-8's. It’s not that RX-8’s are horrible unreliable (Not counting the earlier models [quote]mostly auto’s) but that sort of warranty is a nice selling point as long as you don’t plan on modifying the hell out of the car.

I think that if one could get over the whole game the RX-8 R3 would be a great buy for around 30-31k with that 100k warranty. 16/22 MPG isn’t great but at least it’s better than an M3’s 14/20 rating and no worse than an EVO X which about the same as an M3’s.


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TheFrank  7y ago

Where did the acceleration times come from for this car??

The quickest I've seen so far is 15.1@93mph for 1/4 mile Car and Driver. And I can assure you it takes a hell of a lot longer than 27.4s for this RX-8 to hit 124mph or 0-200kph.

I just want to see the source "s" because I don't believe it. I looked at the EVO link posted below but it had nothing regarding the posted times


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Dan  7y ago

I own one, and I have to say, more power would be great, but this car still feels great to drive, it has brilliant power delivery and sublime handling.
Ultimately I am going to sell mine though


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Apathy  8y ago

The rotor tips, or apex seals, should be changed in a rotary engine from time to time. Even with regular maintenance, they sometimes degrade too far at a moment's notice. Rotary engines that are pushing a lot of boost are notorious for blowing their apex seals, causing catastrophic engine failure.

BTW Sinatra, the 13B-rew SHORTblock weighs a mere 125lbs. The longblock with all accessories (including both turbos) weighs over 400lbs. Don't believe me? Look it up.

As for the triple rotor, such as the 20B, that motor wasn't put into the FD3S RX7 for production cost and weight distribution reasons. The engineers responsible felt the car would be nose heavy.


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ferrari_scuderia  8y ago

I heard from someone that the rotor tips needs to be changed, quite often. Is it true?


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YoungSinatra  8y ago

@Eric: I owned an RX-7 GSL-SE back in the day and these cars are some of the MOST fun to drive. The Rotary engine has NO REV. CURVE like a piston engine. So it feels like the power is coming from a big wound-up rubber band:) Even my 1985 RX-7 had nearly a 9 thousand R.P.M. red-line! My friend had a 5.0 Mustang V-8 and we drag raced in the country all the time. I'd beat him at least %50 of the time. Mazda has been talking about putting a third rotor on the production car for YEARS but never has. I'd at least luv to see a twin-turbo or super charger option. One of the few inherent downsides to the rotary engine is it naturally has much less torque than the piston engine. The upside is NO tune-ups either. Only about 70 engine parts and only about 3 are moving parts. The engine block is ONLY 1.3 liters and weighs 125 pounds...thats less than most people. So that does leave a lot of room in the engine bay to do things:)


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Eric  8y ago

The Mazda RX-8 is one of the most fun cars to drive. It\'s just too bad it\'s so weak in the torque dept..


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Georg  10y ago

corrected the acceleration number to manufactor claim, at EVO magazine group test the car failed to reach manufactor claim, nice move from Evo magazine to name both manufactor claim and real tested numbers..

http://www.evo.co.uk/front_website/evo_showroom.php?ss=53&id=226149


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Georg  10y ago

The Bedford time was posted under the wrong RX-8 version.. it was driven by this beefed up version


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Anonymous  10y ago

too bad this baby doesnt have 100bhp more:( 330 in an RX8..helllls yess..


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Anonymous  10y ago

This car will kickass...but the unnamed successor of the rx 8 will really make the game


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Anonymous  10y ago

yes, yes it does..


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Unonamis  10y ago

I may be a Corvette fan, but this car rocks!

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