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Mazda RX-8 and MX-5 could merge into a single model

By SYF77 on 07 Dec 2011

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President and CEO of Mazda, Mr Takashi Yamanouchi, told a small group of Australian journalists at the 2011 Tokyo Motorshow that the company could merge its MX-5 roadster and RX-8 replacement into one single sports car.
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The company’s iconic rotary-powered RX-8 four-door coupe, which shares its chassis with the MX-5, will cease production in June 2012. “Production of the RX-8 does stop in 2012 but what comes after that I’m not in a position to say,” said Yamanouchi-san. “But I have been saying everywhere that we will continue research on the rotary engine. We will not extinguish the flame of the rotary engine,” he added.

One possibility on how Mazda could combine the coupe and MX-5 roadster into one model is to build a hardtop coupe-convertible similar to the Mercedes-Benz SLK or BMW Z4.

Mazda has yet to determine whether the next-generation rotary engine would continue as a conventional combustion engine or work in tandem with other power sources. “I think there are two major directions we are discussing. One is the application of the rotary as a conventional powerplant,” said Yamanouchi-san. He commented that the company need to upgrade the fuel efficiency and torque of the next generation rotary power plant or else there won’t be much progress as compared to the current rotary in the RX-8.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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