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Mazda RX-8 sales on the US market to end in 2011

Remember that just last month Mazda announced that the RX-8 will no longer be available on the European market due its engine not meeting the latest European emission regulations? The same will also happen on the US market, but over here the reason is purely monetary. There are just not enough sales of the Mazda RX8 to substantiate its production any longer. According to Mazda, the company only sold 128 RX-8s in April of 2010, so they have decided to pull the RX-8 from the U.S. market after the 2011 model year.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean Mazda will drop their rotary models. A company insider announced a new model is in the works and will be launched in 2013.

The current RX-8 is powered by a compact 13B twin rotor Renesis engine making 232 HP at a screaming 8,200 RPM and 155 lb-ft of torque. This allows the RX-8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 MPH.

Source: WOT



3 comments:

I don’t get this one, to end in 2011 for Mazda? Or for the model alone?

Pretty cool structure and I love most the the style of the hood and front gear because I’ve notice it has some similarity with beetle which makes this car looks really gorgeous.

Yes, it’s engine can rev up to 9000 RPM Red Line and it can go as fas as 245KPH on 5000 RPM. Pretty decent speed for a 4 cylinder, isn’t it? But the problem is the torque RX 8 is focused more on speed but since this is a sports car who needs to carry a lot of load on the back?

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