$3,700 Stand Between You And This 70HP 1.4L Renault-Powered Mazda RX-8

Swapping out the rotary engine in a Mazda RX-8 with something that barely pulls along a tiny city car like the ones from Renault, makes for a very, very strange downgrade.

Yet, that’s exactly what this Autogidas ad from Lithuania claims to have done; this 2004 Mazda RX-8 is being sold with a 1.4-liter 70 HP engine -allegedly- from a Renault Twingo, clocked at 160,000 km (99,419 miles).

We don’t recall the Twingo ever being powered by a 1.4-liter unit with 70 horses. It’s possible there’s been a mistake somewhere or perhaps the engine is from an older Clio, but which Renault model the engine came from is hardly the gist of this story.

We’d be a lot more curious to know why anybody would just strip their RX-8 of its performance, and don’t say for fuel economy, because “naturally aspirated” and “underpowered” is not the most efficient combination. Perhaps the engine died and it made more sense for them to sell the car with whatever engine

Despite having its heart removed, this RX-8 still features decent comfort specs, such as air conditioning, abs, electric windows, alloy wheels, power steering, fog lights, central locking and so on.

You’d undoubtedly be able to live with it, assuming all is well technically. But have fun driving it? Not anymore.


  • xDRAN0x

    70hp ? Finally someone figured out how to make this car even slower

    • Zed68

      What ?

      • Matt

        He means the standard RX-8 isn’t that fast.

        • Zed68

          231 ch… it’s a slow car ?

          • Miknik

            It has about 1,8 Nm of torque readily available at 3 Mio. RPM

    • Ken Lyns

      Same power as the original engine, when it didn’t afterburn apex seals for extra power?

  • Finkployd

    Nightmare fuel

  • Shobin Drogan

    I get why one would engine swap a rotary but why one would go through all the trouble to swap an engine to something far worse and makes less power and go through all that effort, time and money is beyond me.

    • Status

      Maybe apex seals really are that troublesome.

  • Evo45

    It would be nice with Peugeot 306 1.6 engine with 100 HP, that would be more useful I guess.

  • Well, that engine certainly puts the GO in the “all show, no go”.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Deja Vu…

    I have seen this before…

  • SteersUright

    Lithuania…thats all you need to know. Obviously the original Genesis rotary took a crap and he transplanted the best engine he could afford to keep it running. I dont honestly thing anyone would do this for any other reason.

  • Carlos Gamarra

    Someone should RB swap it

    (I want to see how many people I can trigger)

  • Sven Dijkstra

    Why don’t use a Honda or a Nissan engine? Progress is not what the RX owner had in head.

  • Sven Dijkstra

    In my opinion the best Japanese cars are not from Mazda.

    This are the best Japanese cars.
    1. Honda
    2. Toyota
    3. Nissan
    4. Subaru

    Good are.
    1. Suzuki
    2. Mitsubishi

    About Mazda. My parrents had a bad Mazda. Engine broke, wear, no fun to drive.

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