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Doug DeMuro's Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn't a Successful Car

Doug DeMuro’s Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn’t a Successful Car

We loved the idea of a replacement for the RX-7, but the RX-8 simply didn’t do the trick

Nobody ever complained about the looks of the Mazda RX-8. Instead, it is known to give owners quite a headache when it comes to running costs, particularly through gulping down a lot of fuel and oil. In this regard, what makes it special - the rotary engine - is also its Achilles’ heel.

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2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition

2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition

Our friends in the U.K. should be looking forward to this one

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Mazda is giving loyal fans a reason to celebrate with the launch of the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition. Available only in the U.K., the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresh take at the beloved roadster, complete with exclusive touches in the exterior and interior.

The Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresher and bolder version of a roadster that’s not lacking in impressive design qualities. Only 150 units of the special edition MX-5 will be available. Each model is priced at £27,700, which converts to around $34,600 based on current exchange rates. It’s unclear if the special edition MX-5 will be sold in the U.S., though knowing how these things work, don’t get your hopes up.

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A Rotary-Powered Mazda RX-9 Just Became a Realistic Possibility

A Rotary-Powered Mazda RX-9 Just Became a Realistic Possibility

Thanks to a new patent, there is now evidence that a Mazda RX-9 is actually happening

We’ve been hearing for years that the Mazda RX-9 – a successor to the RX-8 and older RX-7 – is coming. In October 2019 a new patent breathed a little bit of life into the possibility, and in early 2020 we learned that while the RX-9 would be a true sports car, it wouldn’t have a rotary engine. In just a short bit of time, things have changed quite a bit, and earlier this month (April 2020), we learned that the Mazda MX-30 could rock a small, modernized Rotary engine as a range extender. So, how does all of this fit together in the large puzzle that is the Mazda RX-9? Well, a new patent suggests that there’s a new high-tech, rotary-powered hybrid powertrain is in development, and it could be what sits under the skin of Mazda’s upcoming sports car.

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2020 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept

2020 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept

May 25 can’t come soon enough...for more reasons than one

A year after announcing that it had become an official video game partner for Gran Turismo Sport, Mazda has unveiled its new digital ride for the game. Called the RX-Vision GT3 Concept, the GT3-class racer is as enthralling and as captivating as you expect it would be.

That’s not a surprise given that the racer pilfers some of its design cues from the obnoxiously raunchy RX-Vision Concept that Mazda unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The low-riding, slinky racer is the creation of Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global design boss. The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept isn’t available in Gran Turismo Sport, at least not until May 25, when it arrives as part of an online update. It will join the Atenza Gr.3 as the second GT3-class Mazda in the game.

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You'll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

You’ll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

But unfortunately you can’t

When most people hear the words ‘Mazda’ and ‘RX-7,’ their minds instantly project the image of the third-generation FD model. And for good reason. This was the last chapter in the RX-7 saga, the best-looking of them all, and at that time, the ultimate interpretation of the Wankel rotary engine.

There’s no wonder that so many gearheads love the third-gen Mazda RX-7. It’s beautifully designed, lightweight, and it handles like a charm out on the open road. Plus, it makes for a mean donor vehicle for drift cars and as you’re about to see, for a time attack car, too.

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A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad, it seems

It seems like every 6 months or so, a new rumor about the Mazda RX-9 or the revival of Mazda’s famous and iconic rotary engine comes to life. Kicking off a new decade comes a rumor that says a Mazda RX-9 is, in fact, happening, but it comes with a major caveat – it won’t feature a rotary engine. Word has it that the RZ-9 will feature Mazda’s new RWD platform and inline-six instead, the same setup that was rumored to underpin the next-gen Mazda 6 as well as Toyota’s next-gen Land Cruiser and 4 Runner. This is, as of now, just a rumor with zero confirmation from any credible sources, but it does beg the question: Is a Mazda RX really an RX if it doesn’t feature a rotary engine?

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We Demand a Mazda Sports Car That Looks Like This

We Demand a Mazda Sports Car That Looks Like This

You can call it the modern RX-7 or the new RX-9, all we know is that we want it right now

The Mazda RX-7 revival is a delicate topic. From what we’ve seen from 2016 onwards, the Japanese brand seems confused, with some of its staff quietly rooting for such a sports car to happen and others adopting more reluctant stances regarding a potential model that would slot above the nimble MX-5.

In the meantime, the Internet’s pixel manipulators are hard at work, coming up with renderings that depict what a modern RX-7 interpretation (call it an RX-9, if you please) would look like when dressed up with Mazda’s current styling cues.

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Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It's not As Simple as it Sounds

Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It’s not As Simple as it Sounds

Weight, handling, power output, and emissions all come into play here

Mazda is mulling over whether or not the next-gen MX-5 Miata should move into the electrification segment, something that could actually put it in line with the next-gen Porsche 718 should everything play out the right way. The important thing is that, no matter what, the next-gen MX-5 will remain light, compact, and agile, but how that’s going to happen is a mystery that Mazda still has to solve.

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Patent Hints at New Mazda RX-9, But Don't Hold Your Breath

Patent Hints at New Mazda RX-9, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

We’re back on the topic of Mazda bringing back the RX-9 with news from Japan

New rumors about an upcoming Mazda RX-9 have surfaced online recently. It’s not the first time that a potential successor for the RX-8 has been discussed and anticipated on the internet, so we’re taking everything with a pinch of salt for the time being - Something we advise you to do as well.

However, a fresh report claims that Mazda has been making some moves that suggest the RX-9 might actually not be a soap opera, but something the Japanese carmaker is seriously considering. It’s way too early to drop the hammer on that but bear with us to find out everything we know so far about the so-called Mazda RX-9.

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Car for Sale: Hellcat-Swapped 1999 Mazda Miata

Car for Sale: Hellcat-Swapped 1999 Mazda Miata

You know it’s not the only one but this could be yours

Engine swapping is common practice in the world of automotive tuning. If you’re inventive enough and your pockets are adequately deep, the sky is the limit when it comes to taking one engine and shoving it in the engine bay of another car. While some swaps make more sense than others, those that really grab our attention are those that, on paper, shouldn’t work. That’s why this particular 1999 Mazda Miata NB helped our eyebrows reach skyscraper heights. What you see piercing through the hood of the diminutive Japanese sports car is none other than the impressive 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine that you’d expect to find nestled in a Dodge Hellcat. All of its 683 horsepower is there and you can own it as it’s heading for auction, crossing the block in just a few days during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale scheduled for October 3-5.

If you’re looking at ways to improve the performance characteristics of your car without mortgaging your house in the process, an engine swap may be an attractive solution if you’re in need of ponies. Say you’ve got an NB-generation Miata, the one that forgoes the pop-up headlights and, in turn, comes with ABS as an optional extra. The car is light, handles as well as your shoe and it’s loads of fun. But you want more power. You’ll soon find out that many people are like you and, while a chunk go for the LS swap (or even the 13B rotary options), you want something else. This car is something else.

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Driven

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Driven

A magical machine that only keeps improving

It’s so difficult to make a truly special automobile, and so easy to lose the formula over the years. If a great car succeeds, automakers are tempted to further expand its appeal — often diluting its original glory. And if a great car fails to attract buyers, well, that “problem” usually solves itself as the model fades into obscurity. But the Mazda MX-5 Miata has escaped those pitfalls, remaining stubbornly true to what’s always made it glorious. It’s tiny, it’s light and it’s relatively affordable. It’s low and rear-wheel-drive in an era where tall front-wheel-drive cars dominate. It’s an open-top sports car that’s devoted to driving pleasure rather than spec-sheet victories. It’s a survivor that only manages to improve, rather than be diminished, as the years go on.

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How Will Toyota Benefit From Mazda's new RWD-Based Platform and Inline-Six Engine?

How Will Toyota Benefit From Mazda’s new RWD-Based Platform and Inline-Six Engine?

There are a lot of possibilities on the table

Toyota has found it quite frugal to partner up with different automakers to keep costs down while delivering amazing cars. If you’ve paid attention to what’s been going on, then I don’t have to tell you about the obvious benefits these partnerships have provided to Toyota over the past few years. I’m talking about, of course, about the Toyota 86 and the Supra, both of which probably wouldn’t exist – at least not at a reasonable price point – without Toyota’s partnership with Subaru and BMW. Now, it looks like Toyota is getting into bed with Mazda in hopes to make use of the brands upcoming RWD platform and new inline-six engine. But, what does this actually mean for Toyota? Will such a partnership lead to an all-new Toyota sports car? Could it lead to the rumored and highly-desired rebirth of the Toyota MR2 name? Or, will this partnership birth a Mazda-powered Lexus IS a little further down the road? This partnership could lead to any number of outcomes, and I’m going to explore what some of them might be.

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Proves that the U.S. Market Remains a Hotbed for Special Edition Models

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Proves that the U.S. Market Remains a Hotbed for Special Edition Models

An additional 143 units is coming to the U.S. after the initial 500-unit allocation quickly sold out

Remember when automakers created special edition models and offered them in other markets except for the U.S.? While that still holds true in some way, the karma Gods have decided to throw downtrodden American buyers a few “special edition” bones in recent years. One of those bones was the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, which Mazda unveiled to great fanfare at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in February. Only 500 units were made available in the market, and, as expected, eager beavers scooped up all 500 units in a matter of hours. You would think that those who weren’t able to score a reservation for one would be down on their luck, right? Well, the karma Gods are back, baby, and they have instructed — or at least I think they did — Mazda to throw in an additional 143 units of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition for the U.S. market. Unfortunately, the 143 extra units are allotted only to those who signed up on the waitlist for the special edition MX-5. That’s fine because it still beats getting shut out completely, right? The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary has a starting price of $34,995.

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Mazda is Cooking up a Hot Hatch And It Could Take On Some of the Biggest Players in the Game

Mazda is Cooking up a Hot Hatch And It Could Take On Some of the Biggest Players in the Game

The previous Mazda3 MPS was sold globally until 2013 and it was pretty good

Mazda doesn’t do hot versions of any of its cars anymore, even though the likes of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 MPS (or MazdaSpeed in some markets) were exceptional cars in their respective categories before they were phased out. But now, with the new Mazda3 hatch making its debut and being received quite well, it seems the Japanese automaker is again considering making a hot hatch version, and it on that could arrive before the year 2021.

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

It’s very Vitamin C and very, very sold out

Thirty years have passed since Mazda gave the world the MX-5 Miata, and to commemorate that occasion, the Japanese automaker introduced the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Limited to just 3,000 units, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is available in both soft-top and retractable hardtop RF trims. The exclusive touches are mostly cosmetic in nature, though that’s expected considering that Mazda followed the same blueprint when it launched the 10th Anniversary Miata in 1999, the 20th Anniversary Miata in 2009, and the 25th Anniversary Miata in 2014. The limited edition MX-5 starts at $34,995. Unfortunately, the time to get one has passed; all 500 allocations of the MX-5 Anniversary Edition in the U.S. were scooped up a mere four hours after Mazda opened the order books.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours

Shown in Chicago, gone for good

The iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 30 in 2019 and the Japanese automaker celebrates the achievement with a 30th Anniversary model at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The roadster fitted with a few extra features went on sale during the show and all 500 units were sold out after only four hours!

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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Is One of the Best Excuses to Celebrate At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Is One of the Best Excuses to Celebrate At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

This thing is an enthusiast’s dream come true

As we would expect from any contemporary auto show, the 2019 Chicago Auto Show is popping at the seams with new models offered as a “celebration” of some accomplishment or milestone. However, out of all these limited production runs and special editions, we think the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition is one of the best reasons to really celebrate. This two-door sports machine is an outlier in the market, looking a lot like a greatest hits album for the MX-5 nameplate. Here’s why we’re digging it.

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The Mazda MX-5 Celebrates its 30th Birthday at Chicago Auto Show with a Limited Edition model

The Mazda MX-5 Celebrates its 30th Birthday at Chicago Auto Show with a Limited Edition model

This limited-production model will surely sell like hot cakes

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been in the automotive industry for three decades now and the automaker decided to celebrate the occasion with the launch of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show. What makes it all the more special is that the original MX-5 also made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989! The 30th Anniversary Edition will be limited to a production of just 3,000 copies.

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Check Out Dozens Of Miatas Ready To Spread Joy and Gifts in Japan

Check Out Dozens Of Miatas Ready To Spread Joy and Gifts in Japan

The annual event organized by the Roadster Club of Japan expanded to Hiroshima this year

Once a year, just before Christmas, the members of the Roadster Club of Japan, devotees of the Mazda Miata, dress up as Santa, turn their cars into genuine Santamobiles and set about doing charitable work in some of Japan’s major cities.

The event organized by Mazda Miata owners has been a decade-old tradition in Yokohama and has also been organized in Tokyo for the past three years. Now, some 26 Miata owners, as well as many volunteers and Mazda employees, including the designer of the fourth-generation Miata, took part in a charitable event of this kind organized for the first time in Hiroshima.

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This Monster Miata Is Challenger Hellcat-Fast at just $20,000

This Monster Miata Is Challenger Hellcat-Fast at just $20,000

With 6.7-liters of V-8 power, this Miata can pull 11-second quarter-mile runs

You may look at this black Miata and think that the molded headlights are tacky and that it’s heresy to replace the legendary pop-up setup. But, underneath the skin, this car follows a well-known path: that of V-8 swapping done using the kits from Monster Miata, one of the oldest in the business of V-8 swapping the NA and NB roadsters. This example has been modified extensively beyond the huge engine up front, and this is why it’s about three times the price of your regular Miata.

If you’re looking for a little runabout that can also humiliate some much more expensive rides at the drag strip, this black Miata could be the answer. It has a Ford Cleveland V-8 with a stroker kit that increases the displacement from 5.8-liters to 6.7-liters for extra oomph. How much? We don’t know, but we do know it can run low 11 seconds on street tires, and that’s impressive considering this thing can’t weigh more than 1,980 pounds.

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Mazda's Skyactiv-X Technology Could Make the Wankel Rotary Engine Feasible Again

Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Technology Could Make the Wankel Rotary Engine Feasible Again

But it’s not going to happen in the near future

The return of rotary engines in Mazda’s stable has been a constant rumor ever since the last Mazda RX-8 left the factory what seems like an eternity ago. The Japanese manufacturer acknowledges this and, now, with the introduction of the Skyactiv-X engine in the new Mazda3, we might finally see the Wankel technology return in a modern guise.

Mazda unveiled the new Mazda Mazda3 at the L.A. Auto Show this week and it’s a looker, there’s no doubt about. It gets better when you realize that it also features some neat technology in the form of the Skyactiv-X engine which attempts to replicate the way diesel engines work with a gas engine. This new technology might be the gateway to a return of the rotary engine. We already know Mazda plans to bring the Wankel back and use it as a range extender for some of its hybrid cars in the future but we’re hoping for more, we’re hoping for a new RX, and this might be the way to get it.

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