2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3
vs. 2012 Nissan
GT-R Black Edition

2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

9.4

starting from

$96,100

Reasons to buy the Nissan GT-R Black Edition

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Quite powerful
530 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
11.2 s s @ 122.7 mph mph
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Blazingly fast top speed
193 mph
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.5

Runner-up

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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Cramped back seats
37.6 ft3
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CD changer
Standard
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Comparable turning radius
34.8 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 8.7 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Winner: RX-8 R3
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  • The best price we've seen is $63,015 cheaper (2.9x less), $33,085 vs $96,100
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have very limited cargo room
  • Few seats
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Limited number of airbags
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars are sporty, but the GT-R Black Edition in particular is a responsive car
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The GT-R Black Edition has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
Overall 9.4 vs 8.5

Luxury Features

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the GT-R Black Edition's power seats; not available on the RX-8 R3
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the GT-R Black Edition; the RX-8 R3 only offers cloth seats

Cost

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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MSRP $96,100 vs $33,085 The RX-8 R3 has a reasonable price, while the GT-R Black Edition is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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GT-R Black Edition
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RX-8 R3
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 372 miles
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Cargo space 8.8 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 53.4 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the RX-8 R3, but the GT-R Black Edition's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 3 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 4 vs 4 Limited number of airbags
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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

Performance

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Horsepower 530 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The GT-R Black Edition is very powerful, while the RX-8 R3 is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the GT-R Black Edition's semi-automatic transmission and the RX-8 R3's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The GT-R Black Edition's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 7.2 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the GT-R Black Edition in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The GT-R Black Edition has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.6 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Number of speakers 11 vs 8 The GT-R Black Edition has more speakers and the RX-8 R3 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the GT-R Black Edition's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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GT-R Black Edition
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 2.9 seconds vs 6.7 seconds The GT-R Black Edition has lightning fast acceleration and the RX-8 R3 is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 101 ft vs 117 ft The GT-R Black Edition has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 11.2 s s @ 122.7 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph The GT-R Black Edition's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the RX-8 R3's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 1.05 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 193 mph vs 145 mph The GT-R Black Edition can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the RX-8 R3 is just OK

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