2010 Porsche
911 Turbo
vs. 2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

9.2

starting from

$133,750

Reasons to buy the Porsche 911 Turbo

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Quite powerful
500 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
11.2 s s @ 125.3 mph mph
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Blazingly fast top speed
194 mph
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.3

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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Power outlets
Standard
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Limited cargo space
7.6 ft3
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Comparable turning radius
34.8 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Winner: 911 Turbo
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Winner: RX-8 R3
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  • The best price we've seen is $100,665 cheaper (4x less), $33,085 vs $133,750
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Few seats
  • Both have very limited cargo room
  • Very limited highway range
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 911 Turbo in particular is a responsive car
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The 911 Turbo has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
Overall 9.2 vs 8.3

Luxury Features

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911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 911 Turbo 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 911 Turbo '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 911 Turbo ; the RX-8 R3 only offers cloth seats

Cost

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911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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MSRP $133,750 vs $33,085 The RX-8 R3 has a reasonable price, while the 911 Turbo 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 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 911 Turbo 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the RX-8 R3's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The 911 Turbo 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the RX-8 R3's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
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

Porsche
911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 425 miles vs 372 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 3.7 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats Unknown vs 51.7 ft3
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 911 Turbo 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the RX-8 R3
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The RX-8 R3's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 911 Turbo
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the 911 Turbo
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the RX-8 R3, but the 911 Turbo 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 2 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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911 Turbo
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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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911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Horsepower 500 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The 911 Turbo 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 Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The 911 Turbo 's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.9 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the 911 Turbo in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The 911 Turbo has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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911 Turbo
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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Number of speakers 13 vs 8 The 911 Turbo has an extraordinary amount of 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 911 Turbo 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the 911 Turbo ; no amount of money can buy it on the RX-8 R3

Road Tests

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911 Turbo
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 3.0 seconds vs 6.7 seconds The 911 Turbo 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 911 Turbo has extraordinary brakes, and the RX-8 R3 is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 11.2 s s @ 125.3 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph The 911 Turbo 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the RX-8 R3's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 1.01 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 194 mph vs 145 mph The 911 Turbo can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the RX-8 R3 is just OK

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