Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

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Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles
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The history of the automobile has been dominated by vehicles equipped with piston-firing engines. Rarely does something completely different come along, and when it does, it usually fails miserably. One attempt to reinvent the passenger vehicle engine may have not had the smoothest of rides, but did last in the automotive industry for over 50… Continue Reading...

Commute, Toy or Destroy – Honda S2000 vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Scion FR-S

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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Honda S2000 vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Scion FR-S
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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’. Continue Reading...

Mazda RX-8 Given An Extended Life

Mazda RX-8 Given An Extended Life
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At the end of last year, Mazda decided to pull the RX-8 off its North American showroom floors and announced that a limited edition model will be produced for 2012, but just for the local Japanese market. Continue Reading...

Mazda MX-5 ‘Jimba-Ittai’ to Bow at Tokyo Auto Salon

Mazda MX-5 ‘Jimba-Ittai’ to Bow at Tokyo Auto Salon
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The Tokyo Motor Show is behind us, but the Tokyo Auto Salon is coming up in the next few weeks. One of the manufacturers that is using this venue to showcase its new performance products is Mazda. The highlight on Mazda’s stand will be the MX-5 NR-A ‘Jimba-Ittai’ (translates to: rider and horse as one)… Continue Reading...

Mazda RX-8 Production Ends

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Mazda RX-8 Production Ends
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Mazda has announced the cancellation of production to its RX-8 rotary engine sports car, because of 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… Continue Reading...

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works
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Rotaries may seem like a thing of the past these days, especially with Mazda preparing to retire the RX-8. But the Wankel-powered sports car won’t be the last Mazda to get the odd powerplant, thanks in part to a recent breakthrough. A recently big step forward for Mazda’s engineers is a newly developed laser ignition… Continue Reading...

Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility

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Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility
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Bad news for Mazda rotary engine enthusiasts – the company has no plans to build the RX-9 hybrid sports car, contrary to recent rumors. Even worse, minimal sales of the RX8 may jeopardize the Mazda rotary engine all together. Production of the Mazda RX-8 is drawing to a close, with U.S sales of just 291… Continue Reading...

Custom Mazda RX-8 Sports Lambo Styling

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Custom Mazda RX-8 Sports Lambo Styling
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Now here’s something you don’t see every day. And be thankful you don’t. One of Vivid Racing’s customers, Shawn, out in Singapore, sent them over these shots of his Mazda RX-8 sporting a custom widebody conversion and a lot of design cues taken from Lamborghini. In particular there’s a lot of Reventon in the kit,… Continue Reading...

Drifting: Bergenholtz Racing / Joon Maeng Mazda RX-8 Testing Video

Drifting: Bergenholtz Racing / Joon Maeng Mazda RX-8 Testing Video
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Every March for the last few years, drifting fans nationwide stay glued to the Internet for news and videos of their favorite drifters and teams. With the Formula DRIFT season opening up in April on the Streets of Long Beach, teams all over the nation are out testing their off-season changes, new cars and even… Continue Reading...

Next Gen Mazda RX-8 May Get Twin-Spark Direct-Injection Rotary Engine

Next Gen Mazda RX-8 May Get Twin-Spark Direct-Injection Rotary Engine
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It appears as though Mazda will offer its RX-8 sports car with a rotary engine in the future and as the all-new second generation model is just around the corner, the Japanese automaker has been busy making improvements to the pistonless wonder. Last October Mazda filed for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark… Continue Reading...