According to some high-up sources, Mazda is planning on ceasing sales of the rotary-powered RX-8 coupe after the 2011 model year. Mazda has already officially announced that sales of the Mazda RX-8 will not continue in Europe after 2011 due to strict EuroV emissions standards.
The Wankel-engined 2+2 sports car, which was refreshed in 2009, does meet U.S. emissions standard, but sales have been somewhat on the poor side. Mazda sold only 128 units of the RX-8 in the U.S. in April 2010 for a total of 428 year to date.
Guess we’ll have to keep our hopes up for the Mazda RX-7. The next-generation Mazda RX-7 will use the company”s new Renesis 16X rotary engine, which made its debut in the Taiki concept. The 16X is capable of producing 350-hp and 215 lb-ft of torque, however, Mazda will keep output around the 200-250 range in order to keep pricing close to $25,000.
– By: Kap Shah