About 10 years ago or so I had a chance to buy a near-new Mazda RX-8. I didn’t do it. Even though I probably would have pushed it into a river over the warranty claims, I still kind of wish I had gone for it. They’re cool cars and they don’t get enough love.
America’s best-selling car, the Mazda RX-8 has been recalled (again) for some fuel system and suspension weirdness. It’s a really strange thing to hear about since the cars are basically the most reliable and bulletproof things ever made.
Last night, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai abruptly shut down any notion that his company was currently working on a sports car larger than the existing Miata. This may in fact be the last word on the subject. Surprised? You should not be.
We’ve all been convinced that some RX-8 hasn’t had any problems like those other RX-8s. Definitely not. That one RX-8 is fine. It’s great. But it doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, because now almost every Mazda RX-8 is being recalled for a potential fuel leak.
Franschhoek Pass is the twisty mountain road that takes tourists away from Cape Town. Built in 1822, it’s believed to be South Africa’s first engineered road. For drifter Mad Mike Whiddett, that makes it the perfect place to get mind-blowingly sideways in a ludicrously boosted Mazda RX-8.
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.
[Even geese love the Brumos Porsche. Here they are enjoying a puddle with a good view of the 2011 Grand-Am Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. Photo credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images]
Hey. That's my car. Bet you didn't know it had a rotary engine. ROTARY ENGINE. TRIANGLES.
Since today we learned the sad, sad fact that rotary engine inventor Felix Wankel was a Nazi extremist, let's close the day by saying something nice about the rotary, shall we? Take it away, MotorWeek!
It's kind of tragic that the Mazda RX-8 and Honda S2000, two of the very best Japanese performance cars of the last decade, are no longer in production and never produced any heirs to their legacy. So how would the Scion FR-S measure up if it went toe-to-toe with with Honda's roadster and Mazda's last rotary?
This Grand-Am season had its final race last weekend and while some people came first, we all lost. The tube-framed, flame-spitting, rotary powered Mazda RX-8s are dead. RIP.
As we watched this tuned Mazda RX-8 lift-off-oversteer into a forest we couldn't help but think to ourselves "damn, that GoPro is strong."
The Mazda RX-8 of Dempsey Racing has a moment during the 24 Hours of Daytona. While team namesake Patrick Dempsey (SPOILER) scored a third-place GT finish, the #41 car finished 10th in the class. Photo:AP
Two decades before they would consider selling wagonesque sedans to the general public, Porsche took a 928 and added a bulbous rear as a gift for the 75th birthday of company founder Ferry Porsche. It was called the Study H50.
The racing FXDD Mazdaspeed RX-8's an attractive race car, but floor reporter Corbin Coodwin couldn't help but notice that, like the Tin Man, it's missing a heart.
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.