RO­TARY RE­TURNS

The Tribune (NZ) - - CARS -

The ro­tary is about to make a come­back!

Scrapped from Mazda’s line-up when the RX-8 was dis­con­tin­ued in 2012, the com­pany an­nounced the re­turn of its ro­tary en­gine in a new sports car con­cept, the Mazda RX Vi­sion at last Novem­ber’s Tokyo mo­tor Show.

Billed as the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor of the RX-7, the low-slung coupe con­cept, a pre­cur­sor to the RX-9, showed off the brand’s new­gen­er­a­tion ro­tary en­gine, the Sky­ac­tiv-R. How­ever, there are still tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties to over­come, not the least of which are tight­en­ing emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

The ro­tary-pow­ered Mazda RX-7 with the pop-up head­lights ceased pro­duc­tion in 2002. The sports coupe has a spe­cial place in pop cul­ture, fea­tur­ing in movies, video games and an­i­mated se­ri­als, not to men­tion its race­track vic­to­ries.

The iconic Mazda RX-7 still has plenty of snap, crackle and pop-up.

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