2011 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

2011 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

Base price (with destination): $33,055
Price as tested: $33,055

Standard Equipment:
1.3L rotary engine
6-speed manual transmission
Power assisted 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
Limited slip differential
Sport tuned suspension
Direct drive electronically assisted steering
18-in. aluminum alloy wheels
Dual exhaust w/ chrome finishers
Dual power heated mirrors
Xenon headlights
Fog lights
Automatic on/off headlights
Rear LED taillights
Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
Power moonroof
Rear lip spoiler
Automatic climate control
AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer
Auxiliary-audio input jack
300 watt BOSE system w/ 9 speakers
Power windows w/front auto up/down feature
Leather-trimmed seats
8-way power driver/passenger seats w/3 memory settings
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Mazda advanced keyless entry
Scuff plates - black w/aluminum accents
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Center console w/power outlet
Overhead sunglasses holder
Auto dimming rear view mirror w/Homelink
Rear bucket seats w/trunk pass-through
Bluetooth hands-free phone capability
SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription
Carpeted floor mats
Alarm & engine immobilizer system
Side airbags & side air curtains
DSC w/traction control

Options on this vehicle:

Key options not on vehicle:
Navigation system -- $2000
Spare tire kit -- $400
Front/rear splash guards -- $320
All-weather floor mats -- $80
Door edge guards -- $75
Cargo organizer -- $70
Collapsible cargo carrier -- $60
Moonroof wind deflector -- $60
Cargo tray -- $50
Cargo net -- $40

Fuel economy:
16 / 22 / 18 mpg

Size: 1.3L rotary
Horsepower: 232 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 159 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm


6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3065 lb

Wheels/tires: 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum alloy
225/45R18 performance tires

Competitors: Nissan 370Z

5 of 5
Phil Floraday is 100% right about the sunroof and headroom. The Infiniti G37 has the same problem. Theoretically either car is available without a sunroof, and I couldn't care less about having one -- but good luck finding either car equipped without one. You have to wonder how many American sales this costs them in a market that is already slim. Both companies lost my business in 2009 for that reason, and I ended up with a Cayman, which has no sunroof and practically allows me to wear a top hat.

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