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I believe automatics are usually faster than manuals in passing times...I can't see the RX-8 being faster than an LS2 GTO...
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2004 MAZDA RX-8
Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2+2-
door coupe
Price as tested: $33,200 (base price: $27,200)
Engine type: 2-rotor Wankel, aluminum rotor housings with iron
liners and end plates, port fuel injection
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 cu in, 1308cc
Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-speed manual
Wheelbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106.4 in
Length/width/height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174.3/69.7/52.8 in
Curb weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3067 lb
Performance: new 40,000
Zero to 60 mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.6 sec 5.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.5 sec 16.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36.6 sec 34.8 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph . . . . . . . . . . 7.4 sec 7.2 sec
Standing 1/4-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.1 sec 14.6 sec
@ 93 mph @ 96 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 ft 145 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad . . . — 0.88 g
Top speed (drag limited) . . . . . . . . 144 mph 145 mph
EPA fuel economy, city driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 mpg
C/D-observed fuel economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 mpg
Unscheduled oil additions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 qt

From Car and Driver...are they much faster now because this isn't near close enough to embarrass a GTO...
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I did miss the memo but I still think an LS1 2004 A4 GTO will pull on a stock M6 RX-8...even with the weight disparity...handling will be another matter...but you did say pull...I think it will...(but I have a 2006 and I never went up against an RX-8)
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Where is WINGNUT with a S2000 and GTO war story.

RX-8 vs GTO will = a loss for the RX
 
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