2010 Ferrari
458 Italia
vs. 2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3

2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

10.0

Winner

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Very inexpensive
$33,085
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Shorter-lasting basic warranty
3 year
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Shorter basic warranty
36,000 mile
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Power windows
Standard
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

8.6

starting from

$230,675

Reasons to buy the Ferrari 458 Italia

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Quite powerful
578 HP @ 9,000 RPM
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Blazingly fast top speed
201 mph
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
11.5 s s @ 125.0 mph mph
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Very sporty performance
5.3 lb/hp
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Winner: RX-8 R3
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  • Almost the same
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
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  • The 458 Italia has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Optional Power seats are available as an option on the 458 Italia ; not at all on the RX-8 R3
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the RX-8 R3; not available on the 458 Italia
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 4 vs Unknown
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Mazda
RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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Horsepower 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM vs 578 HP @ 9,000 RPM The 458 Italia is very powerful, while the RX-8 R3 is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The 458 Italia has more gears and the RX-8 R3 is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Standard
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.2 lb/hp vs 5.3 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the 458 Italia in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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Passengers 4 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 372 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 7.6 ft3 vs Unknown
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The RX-8 R3's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 458 Italia
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The 458 Italia offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RX-8 R3
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the 458 Italia , but the RX-8 R3 will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
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458 Italia
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the RX-8 R3; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the 458 Italia
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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MSRP $33,085 vs $230,675 The RX-8 R3 has a reasonable price, while the 458 Italia is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs Unknown
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs None Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs None Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari
458 Italia
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 3.4 seconds The 458 Italia has lightning fast acceleration and the RX-8 R3 is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 117 ft vs 99 ft The 458 Italia has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 11.5 s s @ 125.0 mph mph The 458 Italia 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the RX-8 R3's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 1.02 g
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Top speed 145 mph vs 201 mph The 458 Italia can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the RX-8 R3 is just OK

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