Mazda RX-8: rotary sports car spinning into history |CarAdvice

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Mazda RX-8

: rotary car spinning into history

is fast running out if you want to buy a new rotary-powered sports car, just a handful of Mazda coupes left in Australia Japanese production ends in

Mazda Australia says is now extremely limited, and the company has dropped the RX-8 from its website. Demand has naturally with just 78 RX-8s in Australia in 2011 compared to the first 18 months on sale more than 2500 were accrued.

The Mazda RX-8, which in 2003, has succumbed to tightening regulations that the current of the Japanese car maker#8217;s distinctive, engine couldn#8217;t be fettled to The four-door coupe, with its rear-hinged back doors, become a sad milestone in history as are no guarantees Mazda will be in attempts to improve its next-generation rotary in key areas.

Mazda says it continues to a new rotary and is striving to improve its as well as low-end torque.

The 1.3-litre engine was notable for its of pulling power in its bottom but compensated in many endearing especially with its smoothness, monotone soundtrack produced by a of the engine and exhaust notes, and for high revs. It produced its power of 170kW at 8200rpm.

Mazda RX-8

The rotary, however, also renowned for high oil consumption in to relatively poor fuel and emissions #8211; with the manual version having a rate of 12.9 litres of unleaded per 100km and CO2 emissions of 308 per kilometre.

Mazda#8217;s global Takashi Yamanouchi, told at the 2011 Tokyo motor last October that the for the RX-8#8242;s successor was still Yamanouchi said it was also the company could offer one sports car in the future, combining the next RX model and its famous the MX-5. the next generation of is due next year still by a conventional, four-cylinder engine.

Yamanouchi said the company had two for the new rotary, with the engine powering the driven wheels as with the RX-8, or the engine as a #8216;range extender#8217; as part of a set-up with an electric

The RX-8#8242;s demise after years means it fell short of the lifespan of the fondly and regarded rotary-powered RX-7 covered four decades, the late #8217;70s to 2002.

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