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2006 Mazda RX-8 vs. 2008 Alfa Romeo 156

To start off, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2006 Mazda RX-8. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2006 Mazda RX-8 would be higher. At 1,970 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mazda RX-8 (228 HP @ 8200 RPM) has 80 more horse power than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. (148 HP @ 6300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mazda RX-8 should accelerate faster than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mazda RX-8 weights approximately 143 kg more than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2006 Mazda RX-8 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2006 Mazda RX-8. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2006 Mazda RX-8 (211 Nm @ 5500 RPM) has 29 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. (182 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2006 Mazda RX-8 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Mazda RX-8 2008 Alfa Romeo 156
Make Mazda Alfa Romeo
Model RX-8 156
Year Released 2006 2008
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1308 cc 1970 cc
Engine Type dual-disk rotary in-line
Horse Power 228 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 8200 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 211 Nm 182 Nm
Torque RPM 5500 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 87.5 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 85 mm 91 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Top Speed 235 km/hour 214 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 6.4 seconds 8.8 seconds
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1428 kg 1285 kg
Vehicle Length 4440 mm 4440 mm
Vehicle Width 1780 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2600 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 11.2 L/100km 8.7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 L 63 L


 

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