This is a Mazda RX-8 with a three-quarter drag chassis, and a three-rotor Wankel engine equipped with three turbochargers. It is a silly car, and it does silly things. For instance, it shoots many flames.
The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off this week and all eyes are on Mazda, anticipating the sports car concept they’ve been teasing with a shadowy image for weeks now. And guess what? Despite our (completely justified) initial skepticism, the car will indeed have a rotary engine after all. Holy crap.
Might. MIGHT. I’ve been burned before on this one, so I’m having a hard time believing it. But Australia’s Motoring, citing reports and the rendering you see above from a Japanese car magazine, claims the mysterious concept sports car Mazda will unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show could have a rotary engine after all.
West German NSU launched the Wankel rotary-engined Ro80 in 1967. Their revolutionary sedan won the European Car of the Year award in 1968, but also left bankrupt NSU by 1969. Almost half a century later, driving it is a unique and surprisingly pleasant experience.
Imagine! A world in which you can own a small, cheap, rear-wheel drive sports car that burns not the finite processed dinosaur juice extracted from the ground, but hydrogen in all its abundant glory! This isn't some science fiction dream — it's something Mazda actually did back in the early 1990s.
This is a four-rotor Mazda 767B. It does not sound like a car. It sounds like if aliens were cutting Earth in half with a giant laser chainsaw.
Some sad news today for fans of sports cars powered by spinning triangles: Mazda's new CEO says it will come back when they can sell 100,000 of them a year and make a profit. In other words, forget it.
The Tokyo Motor Show has always been a place full of zany surprises. But 50 years ago this week, the company that would become Mazda dropped a zany surprise on the whole world that remains beloved by speed fans all over the world: the rotary engine.
Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!
Welcome to Forgotten Cars, where we highlight fascinating cars and engines that are obscure, unrecognized and lost to the passage of time.
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Mazda B2000 is described by its seller as a True Sleeper. That's because under its unassuming hood there now spins a lusty 13B. The question is, would paying this sleeper's price keep you up at night?
Pickup trucks are usually the featured vehicles of hard luck tales put to music, but in this case of this vintage commercial it's a 1973 Mazda RX3 wagon.
I’ve turned 30 today. My wife and her mother got me a set of bespoke cufflinks in the shape of Wankel engine rotors. Life is officially awesome.
Like the Porsche 944, we were surprised by how poorly many RX-7s fare in the 24 Hours Of LeMons (though the succeed/fail breakdown seems to be an all-or-nothing sort of deal, with few falling in the middle third of the standings). Fuel system ailments and fragile suspensions seem to be the weak points.
In 1991, a Day-Glo-colored Mazda beat Mercedes and Jaguar to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only rotary-powered car to date achieving the feat. Come and listen to its mad shriek.
When an automaker builds a car named the Cosmo Big Run Genteel, you know they're going to make some good television advertisements. Yes, we're talking about Mazda here!