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Last Mazda RX-8 marks the end of the iconic rotary engine

Mazda has halted production of its Mazda RX-8 sports coupe, the last of its models that uses the legendary rotary engine. The last Mazda RX-8 rolled off the assembly line last Friday at its plant in Hiroshima, where the company also holds its headquarters. The rotary engine was immensely popular due to its ability to provide more power than traditional engines of the same size.

Originally developed by German engineer Felix Wankel in 1957, the rotary engine, once known as the Wankel engine, was licensed by Mazda in 1961 from Audi NSU Auto Union AG. The rotary engine consists of a three-cornered rotor in an oval chamber and has fewer moving parts.

The rotary engine provides additional power and acceleration compared to heavier same sized piston counterparts. The rotary engine that sits in the Mazda RX-8 sports coupe could reach 8,200 revolutions per minute before hitting the maximum level. The figure is much higher than the engine that powers the Toyota 86 sports car, which only allows up to 7,000 revolutions per minute.

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Mazda will extend production of the RX-8 Spirit R by 1,000 units

Today will be a very happy day for Mazda RX-8 fans as the Japanese manufacturer decided to extend the production of the RX-8 Spirit R by 1,000 units. For those who don’t know, the RX-8 Spirit R is the final special edition model and it was launch back in November 2011.

Apparently, the reason to build more RX-8 Spirit R models is that Mazda received way too many orders from customers of all ages including sports car fans and rotary engine enthusiasts.

According to Mazda, the model fitted with the 6-speed manual transmission is the most popular as 66% of the orders are placed for that model. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit-R is fitted with aero parts and Bilstein dampers as well as Recaro bucket seats and 19-inch bronze-painted forged aluminum wheels.

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Mazda RX-8 Spirit R Limited Edition: details, photos and specs

Mazda unveiled today the RX-8 Spirit R, a special edition of its well-known four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car. As expected, due to the fact that the production of the Mazda RX-8 will end in June 2012, the Spirit R will be the final edition and the Japanese manufacturer will build only 1,000 units. Based on the Mazda RX-8 Type RS (fitted with the six-speed manual transmission) and the Type E (with six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission), the RX-8 Spirit R will come with stylish features that include exclusive seat design and colored alloy wheels.

Moreover, the vehicle will feature curtain and front side SRS airbag system, which is available as a factory-installed option on the base models, will be offered as standard equipment. With the addition of the new edition, the Mazda RX-8 lineup will consist of Spirit R and Type G (with six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission) model grades only.

Some of the special equipment found on the Spirit R includes: exclusive Spirit R badge, front headlights, front fog lights and rear combination lights (with black bezels), front and rear red brake calipers, transmission tunnel trim (piano black), Recaro bucket seats and 19-inch alloy wheels painted in bronze for the manual transmission model.

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Mazda RX-8 production comes to an end

Mazda Motor Corp. has stopped the manufacturing of its RX-8 rotary engine sports vehicle for good, because of the drop in sales and the strict international emissions standards. The production halted in early July in Hiroshima, Japan. The worldwide sales of the vehicle will conclude later this year.

The vehicle, along with three generations of the Mazda RX-7 that preceded it, has been the foundation of the brand’s fun-to-drive image for a long time now. The vehicle’s high-revving 1.3-liter, twin-rotor rotary engine has an output of 232 hp at 8,500 rpm, which is a big achievement in a relatively small package.

However, the Japanese carmaker has sold only around 1,134 RX-8s in 2010, which is a 49 percent drop from 2009. Sales through July 2011 declined another 21 percent. The Mazda RX-8 has a base price of $27,590 including shipping.

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According to the latest reports from Japan’s Best Car magazine, it appears that the new-generation Mazda RX-8 will be inspired by the Shinari Concept, unveiled last month.

In other words, the Shinari will be the future of Mazda sports cars. For those who don’t know, the Shinari Concept is described by Mazda using the word Kodo, Japanese for soul of motion.

This concept was created by three Mazda studios found in the U.S., Japan and Germany. Regarding the upcoming RX8, this car is expected to use a more advanced version of the 1.3-liter rotary engine found on the current version.

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It was announced today by Mazda that it has completed the first RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle with Norwegian specs, intended for involvement in Norway's national hydrogen project, HyNor.

The initial unit will be part of the ceremonies marking the official launch of the filling stations of the project. The first opening event will take place in Oslo this coming May 11.

After that, the RX-8 will to through certification to come up with the local standards and will be utilized for staff training maintenance. It is the intention of Mazda to begin leasing Norwegian specs RX-8 Hydrogen RE models in Norway beginning this summer.

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When the Mazda RX-8 was first launched back in 2003, it created a bit of impact on the global market. Since then, 182,000 units have been sold worldwide. It has even won a number of vehicle awards like the 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2003 Japanese Car of the Year, and the Car of the Year for 2003 awarded by Australia’s Wheels magazine.

For 2004, it was named as UK Car of the Year, the U.S. Best Sports Car, and even Singapore Car of the Year. It has also been mentioned in the Ten Best for Car and Driver magazine for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. Overall, it has garnered 48 global vehicle awards. It comes equipped with the RENESIS Rotary Engine, which has won 9 awards since the 2003 launch.

This latest model has significant updates compared to the 2003 version that includes a new design for the interior and exterior as well as improved performance. It also has an R3 model for driving enthusiasts. The latest RX-8 though continues to have a number of the same features as well as updates.

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Sales of sports cars have been so low in the first four months of 2010 that there's a risk that we may be saying goodbye to these sports cars for good, according to Bill Visnic of Auto Observer.

Fans worldwide got excited when Nissan revived the Z car and when Mazda created another rotary-powered sports car. Unfortunately, the excitement didn't translate to an increase in sales.

For instance, Nissan revealed that only 952 coupes and convertibles of the 370Z were sold in April, and only 3,419 were sold for the first four months of 2010. This represents a 34 percent drop from 2009. Meanwhile, sales of the Chevrolet Corvette suffered as well. In fact, the company has just had its worst sales year in 50 years.

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