Mazda RX-8: The Horsepower Controversy

Mazda RX-8 is a sports car manufactured by Mazda. It appeared for the first time in the year 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. It is very much similar to that of its predecessors in the RX range, and is powered by a Wankel engine. The company started selling RX-8 in the year 2004 in North America as 2004 model year.

The company announced on Aug 23rd 2011 that the RX-8 will get discontinued from production as a 2011 model. RX-8 was removed from the European markets in the year 2010 after the car failed to meet the emission standards. Without enough sales in the European market with the rise of Yen prices, the company is not interested to continue the sales of RX-8 overseas.

By the year 2006, RX-8 had won 37 international motoring awards, which include 2003 Japanese Car of the Year, 2003 International Engine of the Year, 2004 Singapore Car of the Year, 2003 Australia's Wheels magazine's Car of the Year, U.S. Best Sports Car for the year 2004, and many UK best car awards.

The car was nominated in the Ten Best list for the year 2004, 2005, and 2006 from the Car and Driver magazine. It also got the 1st place in the "Four of a Kind" comparison test held by Car and Driver. In the year 2010, RX-8 stood third out of seven on the Car and Driver's list for the best handling car in America.

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Technical Characteristics of Mazda RX-8

Technical Characteristics of 2008 Mazda RX-8 Type RS (JP) produced by Mazda (JP).

Body Type Fixed-head coupe 4 doors / 2 seats
Weight 1350 Kg
Length 4470 mm
Height 1340 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Front Track 1505 mm
Rear Track 1510 mm
Ground Clearance 125 mm
Fuel Capacity 65 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering n/a
Fuel Supply System 1 Maybach carb
Max Power 70HP (51 kW) @ 2200 rpm
Max Torque n/a
CO2 Emissions 247 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 2616 cc
Bore n/a
Stroke n/a
Cam Design ROT - Rotary
Cylinders 2 UNK
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 12
Compression Ratio 4.8:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes n/a
Rear Brakes n/a
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres n/a
Suspension Front n/a
Suspension Rear n/a
Transmission manual
Number of gears 6
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 24 l/100km
Road 10.9 l/100km
Mixt 15.7 l/100km