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Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:26 pm

Mazda halts production of the RX-8 rotary-engine sports car
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Mazda Motor Corp. has canceled production of its RX-8 rotary engine sports car, citing falling sales and stringent global emissions standards.

Production in Hiroshima, Japan, ended in early July and global sales of the car will conclude later this year.

The RX-8 and the three generations of the RX-7 that preceded it have long been the foundation the brand's fun-to-drive aura. The car's high-revving 1.3-liter, twin-rotor rotary engine produces 232 hp at 8,500 rpm--a big punch in a relatively small package.

But Mazda sold just 1,134 RX-8s last year, a 49 percent decline from 2009. Sales through July this year were down another 21 percent.

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Postby Jastreb » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:48 am

A sad day indeed. I hope they at least keep making engines and spare parts. Damn you CAFE and emissions regulations. :(
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Postby Squint » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:14 am

That is sad. Are they still making the Wankel in any vehicles? Or was the RX-8 the only one?
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Postby AHTOXA » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:10 am

That was the only one, however Mazda is not abandoning the rotary, as they say.
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Postby DKaz » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:49 pm

They're focussing their time and money on the new Skyactiv platform, engines, and transmissions. If this succeeds, they will definitely go back to developing the rotary engine.
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Postby comingbackdown » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:53 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEZZZZZZZ! :cry:
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Postby 4onthefloor » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:22 pm

I was never a fan of the RX-8. I understand it's uniqueness and cult following, but they never did anything for me. I personally think they are overpriced for what you get. I do like the FD RX-7s though.

On a side note, they should put the wankel in the MX-5 and see what happens.
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Postby watkins » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:43 pm

I have driven an RX-8 (Jastreb's) and I loved it. I quite frankly flogged the piss out of it in the mountains. It was amazing. I went from indifference to drooling over them.
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Postby Rope-Pusher » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:24 pm

watkins wrote:I have driven an RX-8 (Jastreb's) and I loved it. I quite frankly flogged the piss out of it in the mountains. It was amazing. I went from indifference to drooling over them.

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