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$3,700 Stand Between You And This 70HP 1.4L Renault-Powered Mazda RX-8 12
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Engine Swaps, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, renault, Renault Twingo, tuning, used cars on 03 12th, 2017


Swapping out the rotary engine in a Mazda RX-8 with something that barely pulls along a tiny city car like the ones from Renault, makes for a very, very strange downgrade.
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Mazda Recalls Almost All RX-8s In The US Over Possible Fuel Leak 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Recalls, USA on 11 15th, 2016


If you own a Mazda RX-8, first of all, good for you, because it's one heck of a cool car, and one we hope Mazda will revive soon. But you should know that your car may be subject to a recall.
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Mad Mike Conquers South Africa’s Stunning Franschhoek Pass In Mazda RX-8 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Videos, Red Bull, south-africa, video on 10 11th, 2016


Red Bull pro drifter Mad Mike Whiddett has proven once again that skilled drivers other than Ken Block can star in stunning, action-packed videos.
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Mad Mike Drifts His ‘Bad Bull’ 812HP Mazda RX8 Up The Hillclimb 24
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Goodwood, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Red Bull, tuning, video on 06 24th, 2016


Red Bull's Michael Whiddett, also known as "Mad Mike" took his Mazda RX8 drift car to Goodwood, to complete his first run of many at this year's Festival of Speed.
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Mazda Still Not Committed To Resurrecting The RX-7 18
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 04 18th, 2016


A new rotary-powered sports car coming from Mazda has been on the minds' of enthusiasts for quite some time now and the RX-Vision Concept was thought to pave the road for it.
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5 Manual RWD Sport Cars For Less Than $15,000 15
Apr
Posted by John Halas in BMW 5-Series, Classics, Editors Choice, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z, Pontiac GTO, Porsche Boxster, used cars on 04 15th, 2016


For 15 grand, do you really want to be driving an entry level, but brand-new, Toyota Yaris or something that can put a smile on your face every time you hop behind the wheel?
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Mazda’s Future Rotary Engine Set For Turbocharging 8
Feb
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 02 8th, 2016


The return of an RX-badged sports car, previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show by the RX-Vision concept, could also mark the comeback of the Wankel engine.
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Mazda’s RX Concept Rendered As A Production RX-7 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Renderings on 11 20th, 2015


Forget about the old RX-8 and forget about those Vision GT Concepts because this could be one of the hottest ride so far.
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Mazda’s New Turbo Rotary Engine Reportedly Coming In 2017 16
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 11 16th, 2015


The Mazda RX-8 was in production for 9 years, until 2012, and since it was discontinued, the company’s fans are still waiting for a proper replacement.
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Official: Mazda Will Bring Back The Rotary Engine When A Breakthrough Is Reached 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 11 2nd, 2015


Don’t worry; the Japanese company has a dedicated team of engineers working on the next generation of the rotary engine for eight years now.
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With Or Without A Top, Mazda’s RX-Vision Concept Looks Phenomenal 1
Nov
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in concepts, Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Renderings on 11 1st, 2015


While the Mazda RX-8 and the last RX-7 were offered only as coupes, the second-generation RX-7 did offer a Convertible variant starting in 1988.
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New Mazda RX-Vision Concept Looks Into The Rotary’s Future 28
Oct
Posted by John Halas in concepts, Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 28th, 2015


Mazda is taking a glimpse into the future of its RX sports car family with the RX-VISION Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Rotary Engine Is Allegedly Alive In Mazda’s Curriculum 24
Sep
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 09 24th, 2015


Mazda’s rotary engine grew into a phenomenon over the years. Its nimbleness and smoothness made it into an icon in the eyes of connoisseurs everywhere – that is, when they didn't experience troubles…
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Mazda Builds Its Last Rotary Engine, For Now 27
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, News, Rotary Engine on 06 27th, 2012

The 2011 Mazda RX-8 GT – Image: Mazda

On Friday, June 22, Motor Authority notes that the last rotary engine powered car, an RX-8 Spirit R, rolled off of Mazda’s assembly line in Japan. After a lifespan in production vehicles stretching some 45 years, poor fuel economy and high emissions killed what fans would argue is the smoothest engine ever built.

On paper, it’s easy to point out the advantages of a rotary engine. They’re small and lightweight, and consist of far fewer internal components than a piston engine. When properly tuned, rotary engines are exceptionally smooth and produce a surprising amount of power for their size.

On the downside, early rotary engines had problems with apex oil seals, and high oil consumption became an associated trademark of rotary power (although, by design, all rotary engines consume some oil). While theoretically simpler than piston engines, rotary engines proved difficult for some dealerships to master, leading to a hit or miss service experience. Finally, to make decent power, rotary engines need to be run to high RPMs, sucking down an impressive amount of fuel in the process.

While the Renesis (short for “Rotary Genesis”) engine introduced in the Mazda RX-8 was as step forward in engine design, the elemental problems still existed. Customers complained of poor fuel economy and high oil consumption, and even print magazines panned the car for being down on power unless revved to the sky. By 2010, all this proved to be a moot point when the Renesis engine failed to meet Euro 5 emission standards, and was dropped from Mazda’s lineup in Europe. American sales ended in 2011, although there are still plenty of RX-8s to be had from dealer inventory.

What happens next is the big question for Mazda. The rotary engine is elemental to Mazda’s history, especially in relation to sports cars. Still, the company is struggling financially at the moment, and has placed all its chips on the SkyActiv marker. Ironically, for the rotary engine to be reborn, Mazda needs its SkyActiv fuel-sipping technology to be a commercial success.

We’ve driven enough rotary-engined cars over the years to know this much: the automotive landscape is that much bleaker without a Wankel-engined sports car alternative from Mazda. We hope this is a temporary gap, not a permanent one.







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