i like it.
Nissan Sunny with a rotary.
As far as the car scene goes, it honestly feels like time is running out. Autonomous cars march ever closer, automakers are obsessed with pumping out ever blander crossovers, and stocks of 90s JDM metal aren’t going to last us forever.
Debuting at the 2002 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mazda Cosmo 21 was a concept based on the NB Miata chassis, with the Renesis 13b out of the RX-8. So about as close as we ever got to a factory rotary powered Miata. Personally I find it Too busy for my tastes but I’m kinda happy this exists. But eventually the Miata Coupe…
Have you had a tetanus shot recently?
The rotary car in various forms was produced by Mazda from 1967 until 2012. Critiqued often as some of the most unreliable and impractical, inexplicably there are still thousands upon thousands of these roaming the wild. The name RX sands for Rotary eXperiment and was something marketing picked up from this RX-500…
In the summer of 2013 I found an ad on Craigslist for an Rx-7. This is not surprising, I have a CL search saved just like the you all have for ‘manual+wagon+paneling+miata’. In the ad there wasn’t much to note other than the overall condition was ‘exists’. The seller was asking $600 which I did not have, however, the…
Ok, this is not the actual picture, I was too slow to get it.
But at lunch pause, I went to grab some food, when an odor of burnt oil caught my attention. I turned my head and there it was, a yellow NSU Ro80! Glorious.
early RX7's up for grabs
Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai put the kibosh on any sort of rotary sports car, hybrid-rotary sports car, or basically any sports car larger than the Miata in an interview, so, you know, that sucks.
Standing under the bright, fluorescent lights at the counter, I asked for a coil for an RX-7. The parts guy looked at me and laughed. Then he apologised for laughing, and shat on my dream.
If you watch the youtube channel subaruwrxfan, you would know that Matt just reviewed the Mazda RX-8. Matt covers the basics, but in the comments section, an owner of a 2004 RX-8, Xmvw2X, provided some facts from his experience with owning an RX-8. He also auto-crossed his RX-8, a Honda S2000, and a Subaru BRZ back to…
Even Jalopnik ran the headline, “New Mazda Rotary Sports Car Approved for 2020: Report”. Granted, once you get past the lede, there’s obvious skepticism, but that doesn’t change the implications of the headline.
I don’t know the validity of this magazine source, but it sure is nice to hear news about it.
This thing exists.
GOAT ROTARY IS BEST ROTARY! Way better than an Rx 8. I hope it sounds like an Rx 7 aka a swarm of bees.
On the side of the highway with its hood up.