Mazda RX-8


Classics Monthly - - History -

In­tro­duced in 2001, the RX-8 was a gen­uine two-plus-two and fea­tured a pair of nar­row ‘sui­cide’ style rear doors with clev­erly built-in B pil­lars to al­low ac­cess to the rear seats. At launch, power for the RX-8 came from a new gen­er­a­tion RENESIS 13B-MSP (Multi Side Port) 191bhp twin ro­tor Wankel en­gine which was later up­graded to a 237bhp six-port unit.

In 2008 Mazda in­tro­duced the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion RX-8 fea­tur­ing re­in­forced front sus­pen­sion tow­ers and a re­vised rear sus­pen­sion set-up and the fol­low­ing year an ex­tra oil in­jec­tion port was added to each ro­tor in the RENESIS pow­er­plant.

Other re­vi­sions to the car in­cluded restyling the front end and a new dash­board lay­out. Al­though the RX-8’s ro­tary en­gine proved re­li­able, high emis­sions killed this stylish coue off and last ro­tary pow­ered Mazda rolled off the pro­duc­tion line in June 2012.

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