After announcing less than a month ago that the rotary engine will take a break, Mazda is putting a stop on the RX-8 production, the only model made by the Japanese brand which is powered by the same engine that has been “paused”.
The RX-8 and RX-7 models are responsible for Mazda’s image in the last 20 years and the rotary engine quickly became any petrol head’s dream since they found out that the 1.3 liter unit managed to deliver 232 horsepower at 8.500 rpm.
But the rotary engine’s story quickly came to an end when the unit was classified as a double-cc, which led to higher taxes and insurance. The rotary engine also meant high fuel consumption and low reliability and the Japanese auto maker recently focused on the SkyActiv engine development.
Mazda managed to sell just 1.134 RX-8s last year, a 49 percent drop compared to 2009, and this year, until the production stopped, the Japanese automaker had a 21 percent drop than in 2010. The best-selling year for the RX-8 was 2004, when 23.690 units found new owners, but in the early 1980s, the RX-7 was sold in 50.000 units annually.