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Mazda's RX Concept Rendered As A Production RX-7

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Forget about the old RX-8 and forget about those Vision GT Concepts because this could be one of the hottest ride so far.

Mazda's New Turbo Rotary Engine Reportedly Coming In 2017

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The Mazda RX-8 was in production for 9 years, until 2012, and since it was discontinued, the company’s fans are still waiting for a proper replacement.

Official: Mazda Will Bring Back The Rotary Engine When A Breakthrough Is Reached

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Don’t worry; the Japanese company has a dedicated team of engineers working on the next generation of the rotary engine for eight years now.

With Or Without A Top, Mazda's RX-Vision Concept Looks Phenomenal

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While the Mazda RX-8 and the last RX-7 were offered only as coupes, the second-generation RX-7 did offer a Convertible variant starting in 1988.

Mazda Gets Our Rotaries Spinning With RX-Vision Concept

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Mazda's new RX-VISION concept looks even more spectacular in the flesh.

New Mazda RX-Vision Concept Looks Into The Rotary’s Future

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Mazda is taking a glimpse into the future of its RX sports car family with the RX-VISION Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Rotary Engine Is Allegedly Alive In Mazda's Curriculum

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Mazda’s rotary engine grew into a phenomenon over the years. Its nimbleness and smoothness made it into an icon in the eyes of connoisseurs everywhere - that is, when they didn't experience troubles...

Yay or Nay? Porsche 968 With A Mazda Rotary Engine Transplant

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Ask Mazda RX owners what they love and hate most about their cars and there's a good chance that you'll get the same reply: the rotary engine.

Dashcam Captures Mazda RX-8 Aquaplaning at 70 MPH and Crashing

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The Mazda RX-8 is a mild-mannered rear-wheel drive sports car, especially when compared to the wild, twin turbo RX-7 it replaced. Moreover, unlike its predecessor, it comes with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard.

Mazda CEO Says There Will Be No RX Successor

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Bad news for fans of Mazda sports cars with rotary engines: Masamichi Kogai, the company’s CEO, says he has no plans to revive the discontinued RX series. That’s because of company lacks resources and prefers to invest in improving its Skyactiv technologies instead.

2018 Mazda RX9 Mid-Engine Design Concept; Thoughts?

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Another independent designer has taken a rendered stab at a next generation Mazda RX sports car, this time, with a mid-ship layout for its rotary engine.

New Mazda RX-7 Coming in 2017, Larger RX-9 in 2020, Claims Report

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Mazda is on a bit of a roll with its lineup of regular cars, all of which are top picks in their respective class. Their wave is yet to break, though, as we’re also on the verge of the release of the highly-anticipated all-new MX-5 sports car at the start of next month.

Mazda RX-7/RX-8 Rumored to Arrive in 2017 with All-New 300HP Rotary Engine

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Mazda is said to bring back the rotary engine to the global automotive stage when a successor for the RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars launches in 2017. The timing is not random, as in 2017, Mazda will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first car powered by a Wankel rotary engine, the Cosmo Sport.

Mazda Engineers Looking to Persuade Execs to Focus More on RWD Models

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While Mazda’s new line of front- and all-wheel drive models has seen its fair share of success, Edmunds reports that many engineers from within the company are not pleased and want to shift focus more towards rear-wheel drive. Apparently, management is not too pleased by the idea, especially now that they’re doing well as is with the current crop.

Future Cars: Mazda's Next-Generation RX-Series Coupe

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When the word rotary is mentioned to any car enthusiast, you can always guarantee that their first thoughts will conjure up memories of Wankel-powered sports cars from Mazda's past.

Since the Cosmo Sport was launched in 1967, the Mazda rotary has amassed an huge following of loyal owners and admirers. Praised for their unique design, smooth operation and trademark rotary engine note, it's an engine configuration that stood out from the competition and formed the bases for the legendary RX series of performance vehicles.

The Rotary Diaries: Crashing my RX-8 and Dealing With the Aftermath

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Pride comes before a fall, as yours truly can testify. More than two decades of driving, the best part of them behind test cars, I prided myself on having a clean record. Sure, I was handed some speeding tickets and I did have my share of near misses but, somehow, I had managed to steer clear of an accident.

Now that record has been blotted by an accident in my RX-8; it was a low-speed one and, thank God, no one was hurt. Ironic that I would return the keys to every car handed to me, from a low-rent mini to a Porsche or a Bentley (the latter the company CEO’s personal car, no less) with not a scratch on them but I would crash my own car in a spectacularly silly way…

Watch Comparo Between the Scion FRS, Mazda RX-8 and Honda S2000 - Which One Do You Like?

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Our obsession with everything new and cutting-edge is a very damaging one, simply because it limits our horizon in so many ways. For instance, why would you buy a Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FRS when there are two perfectly good (older) sports cars that share all the right ingredients – front engine, rear wheel drive and excellent dynamics?

The two models I'm talking about are the smooth Mazda RX-8 (find out all you need to know about it here) and the screaming Honda S2000, which is my personal favorite, because I still think it looks good and sounds even better. All three cars were pitted against one another by Everyday Driver, and in the end a winner was chosen.

My Rotary Diaries: An Owner’s Guide to the Mazda RX-8 Galaxy

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"The RX-8 doesn’t just like a drink; it is the founding member of the AA institution for sports car engines"

Are you tired of my RX-8 reports yet? If you secretly nodded your head in agreement, then I have good news for you, because this will be the final one, in which I’ll try to recount the ups and downs of running Mazda’s last rotary sports car – until, hopefully, the next one comes up…

First of all, let me introduce you to the world’s first contemporary four-door coupe. The Mercedes-Benz CLS that supposedly invented the niche? It was launched a year later than the RX-8, which is a coupe and has four doors. True, the Merc and its clones are perched much higher in terms of pricing and none adopted the rear suicide doors that did without the B-pillar, but you get the point.

My Rotary Diaries: The Turn and the Screw of RWD Sports Cars

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So far, I have sung the praise of the RX-8 and its multi-layered character. Yet, in 21 years of driving, it was in my current steed that I came closer than ever to having the one thing every driver fears the most: THE BIG ONE.

It was late at night and raining. Getting wheel spin in first, second and third earlier, I had switched the traction control back on as the slimy surface didn’t warrant any heroics.

Less than half a mile from home, there’s a tricky left-hander that is extremely slippery in the entry even when it’s dry. I’ve crossed it a zillion times in many different cars and at various speeds.

My Rotary Diaries: Silver Linings and the Midlife Crisis Handbook

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Nothing seems to scream “midlife crisis” louder than a low-wide sports car. Never mind it’s not a Porsche or (heaven forbid!) a Ferrari or that it was acquired used for less than the price of a new city car in entry level trim.

The color doesn’t help, either; perhaps a “Galaxy Grey Mica” or a “Sunlight Silver Metallic” would make the RX-8 stealthier but mine is a “Winning Blue”, which, for some reason, isn’t that common as red, silver or black.

Stereotypes die-hard and, apparently, sports cars are supposed to be a young man’s game. Like Jack in Lost, I let the fear sink in, counted to five and then got on with my midlife crisis' toy, a Mazda RX-8.