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Mazda RX-8:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Mazda RX-8 side view
Mazda RX-8 angular front perspective
Mazda RX-8 angular rear perspective

Overview of the Mazda RX-8

Learn about the Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8 Summary

Fearsome power, impeccable precision and a low price point make the Mazda RX-8 stand out from the crowd. Its aerodynamic sculpted exterior, six-speed manual transmission and the brand’s famous rotary engine combine to make the RX-8 a blindingly fast machine without ever sacrificing control. The RX-8 was discontinued in 2012, so while that makes it low-priced, the car’s fuel economy makes it costly to run and not the most eco-friendly choice. But if you’re after a sports car that meets practical needs, it's hard to beat.

Pros and cons of the Mazda RX-8

  • Nimble handling
  • Spacious interior
  • Impressive list of features
  • Rotary engine lacks low-end power
  • High fuel consumption
  • Ceased production in 2012
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Mazda RX-8

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption12.8 - 13.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.6 - 9.2 L/100km
  • Width1770 mm
  • Length4424 - 4470 mm
  • Trunk space290 L
  • Cargo space290 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Mazda RX-8

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Mazda RX-8 2004 - 2009 is available in 4 trims:

GS trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Mazda RX-8

Dimensions of the Mazda RX-8

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20091340 mm1770 mm4470 mm
20071340 mm1770 mm4424 mm
20061340 mm1770 mm4424 mm
20041340 mm1770 mm4424 mm