Mazda RX-8 News

  • Ganassi's Riley/BMW No. 02 returns to action with NASCAR stars driving - Anne Proffit photo

    Three of NASCAR's touring series will compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series on the 2.5-mile oval - the latter for the first time in its 31-year history competing in the Indianapolis area. NASCAR's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series have their opportunities to shine on the 2.534-mile, 13-turn interior road course at IMS, which hasn't been used since 2007 when Formula One last came to the Brickyard circuit. With the addition of these...

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    Mazda Rotary Ends Production, May Return As Hydrogen Range-Extender

    The last rotary-powered car from Mazda rolled off its production line in Japan on Friday, a 2011 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R sold only in the Japanese domestic market. With no successor confirmed, we may never see a rotary engine in a production car ever again, though those at Mazda certainly don’t...

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    Mazda Extends RX-8 Production Due To Strong Demand In Japan

    Mazda will extend production of its RX-8 sports car by 1,000 units due to overwhelming demand for the special RX-8 Spirit R final edition.

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    Mazdaspeed MotorSports Plans For 2012 Competition

    Mazdaspeed Motorsports customarily uses the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) racing trade show in Orlando, Fla., each December to showcase its successes and promote its future endeavors. This year is no different. With racing programs far and wide in both open- and closed-wheel racing series...

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    Mazda Working On New Rotary Engine With Skyactiv Tech?

    Mazda's next rotary engine may yet be a few years in development to meet fuel economy and emissions requirements.

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    Mazda Sending Out RX-8 With Special Edition Spirit R

    Mazda has unveiled a Japan-only special edition RX-8 Spirit R to celebrate the end of production of its unique Wankel rotary powered sports car.

  • 2010 Mazda RX-8

    Mazda has reportedly ceased production of its RX-8 sports car, the only rotary-powered vehicle currently on the market, and possibly the last. The reason is due to falling sales and an inability to meet toughening emissions and fuel economy regulations all around the world. Last year Mazda only managed to sell 1,134 RX-8s, a 49 percent drop from the year before. The car’s best year was 2004, where Mazda sold a total of 23,690 examples. The RX-8 has already been pulled from the European market, and in the U.S. there are only around 300 cars left as of August 1 for a 118-day supply. Sales...

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    Is Mazda's Rotary Engine Program Dead?

    Mazda has halted further development of a replacement for their Renesis rotary engine, at least for now.

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    Germany’s Rotary Super Cars Working On Four-Rotor Predator GT

    Remember the awesome four-rotor Mazda 787B race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 20 years ago and is now set to run the famous French circuit during a demonstration ahead of this weekend’s 24 hour race? Well, it turns out that the 787B’s appearance this weekend won't be the last...

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    Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed: First Impressions

    Thanks to the kind folk at EA Games we've got hold of a copy of the latest game in the long-running Need For Speed franchise, Shift 2 Unleashed (S2U), in PlayStation 3 format. As with the previous Shift title, Unleashed errs more on the simulation side of racing titles rather than the franchise's...

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    2011 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring: Grand As Ever

    Photo: Anne Proffit It’s been a few years since I’ve had the chance to drive Mazda’s iconic RX-8 model, the auto manufacturer’s sole Wankel-powered offering – and the only production Wankel available in the USA. These days the RX-8 is a sole survivor. There was a time...

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    Report: Mazda RX-9 Will Develop 300 Horsepower From New Rotary Engine

    As we reported last month, Mazda has no plans to abandon its Wankel rotary engine despite the automaker struggling to meet new fuel economy and emissions standards with its latest designs. The Mazda RX-8 is currently the only production car on the market with a rotary engine but it will be phased...

  • 2010 Mazda RX-8

    The Mazda RX-8 has given rotary fans something to cheer on since 2003. The car may not be the fastest or most economical in its price range, but it is fun to drive due to a free-revving 1.3L Wankel engine producing a decent 232 hp, rear wheel drive chassis and 3,000 pound curb weight. However, fans aren’t a good enough reason to keep the selling the car in the state. People need to buy the sports coupe, but not enough are. Motor Trend is reporting that the car has barely moved 500 RX-8s since the beginning of the year, which is fine for a manufacturer like Porsche, is not good enough for...

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    Report: Mazda RX-8 To Be Killed Off After 2011

    The Wankel-powered sports car will eventually be replaced by another, possibly the RX-7.

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    Four Good Reasons Why The Next RX-7/RX-8 Should Be A Hybrid

    The new Honda CR-Z is getting a lukewarm reception from performance car enthusiasts all the while selling like crazy in the home market of Japan, probably due to its sporty camouflage. The Porsche 918 Spyder is getting closer and closer to production and brings amazing numbers, but comes with a...

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    Reviewing the Review: 2010 Mazda RX-8

     Our hub-site, The Car Connection, has just revamped its entire site, offering a more in-depth Bottom Line reviews. Bengt Halvorson has done one for the 2010 Mazda RX-8. The RX-8 is often overlooked when people are shopping for a sporty car. It may have room for four adults, and that balanced...

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    2010 Opel Meriva Revealed

    Production of the new Opel Meriva will kick-off at a plant in Saragossa, Spain shortly after the model’s debut at March’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

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    Report: New Mazda RX-7 May Replace RX-8

    Due for launch in late 2011, the new car is expected to eschew outright performance and prestige in favor of affordability and reliability.

  • 2009 Mazda RX-8 R3

    It's been six years since the Mazda RX-8 came on the scene and brought with it a sublime combo of handling, equipment, features, and pricing. Whether you're a rotary engine fan or not, you have to recognize the job Mazda did tuning the car's chassis. But now reports are beginning to break that an updated model may be on its way to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. A facelifted model was released for the 2009 model year in the U.S., along with a slightly revised version called the RX-8 R3. For more on that car and how it stacks up to the competition, check out our review. But the new report...

  • Mazda Rotary engine with direct injection patent
    Patent application reveals new direct-injection rotary engine from Mazda

    Mazda's renowned rotary Wankel engine has been a staple in some of the carmaker’s sports cars for the last 44 years, with its first appearance in 1965 and its continuing application in the current RX-8 model. Throughout that period the engine has gone through a number of significant changes...

  • The Mazda2 is one of Maeda's designs
    Ikuo Maeda takes lead at Mazda design

    The car industry's design shakeup isn't over yet, folks. Today has already seen a new head of design at Volvo and at Ford of the Americas, but now the former Ford-family brand, Mazda, has also decided to change things up. Replacing Laurens van den Acker, Ikuo Maeda takes the helm of Mazda's design...

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    Mazda6 'Circuit Trial' images surface before 2009 Tokyo Auto Show

    The Tokyo Auto Salon will feature a number of firsts from Mazda and many other carmakers, including a new range of 'Circuit Trial' track-ready concepts. The Tokyo show will be running in opposition to the similarly-timed Detroit Auto Show, starting January 9, explaining Mazda's absence from the...

  • Revealed: 2009 Mazda RX-8 facelift
    Revealed: 2009 Mazda RX-8 facelift

    Mazda officials have no plans to replace the RX-8 sports car anytime soon, instead choosing to release a facelifted version as seen here in completely undisguised form. More of an update rather than a major overhaul, changes to the car will consist of a new set of bumpers, revised taillights and...

  • Special edition Mazda RX-8 Kuro
    Special edition Mazda RX-8 Kuro

    Mazda has launched another special edition RX-8 that’s set to go on sale at the end of this month with only 250 copies available. Labeled the Kuro, which means ‘black’ in Japanese, the latest version of the RX-8 doesn’t offer any upgrades to the drivetrain but instead...

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