The Mazda RX-8, last manufactured in 2011, has a 1.3-liter engine that delivers 212 horsepower and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The fuel economy is estimated at 16 miles per gallon of regular gasoline in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The fuel tank holds 16.9 gallons, for a range of about 270 to 388 miles.
The engine does not have pistons, but rather is a rotary engine that produces 159 foot-pounds of torque at 5,500 revolutions per minute. The 212 horsepower is generated at 7,500 rpm. The drive-train is rear-wheel drive, and the turning circle is 34.8 feet. The RX-8 has four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbone suspension in the front and multi-link suspension in the rear. The coupe comes with front and rear stabilizer bars.
The car's height is 4 feet 4.8 inches, its length is 14 feet 7.6 inches, and its width is 5 feet 9.7 inches. The ground clearance is 4.7 inches, and the wheelbase is 8 feet 10.4 inches. Front headroom is 38.2 inches, front hip room is 53.3 inches and front leg room is 42.7 inches.
The Mazda RX-8 has 18-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side-mounted airbags in the front and front head airbags. The car has a remote anti-theft alarm, an engine immobilizer and tire-pressure monitoring.