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    Default Mazda's Forthcoming RX-7: The Latest Spin

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    It will be turbo as well. Boost goes in. Apex seals go out.

    But, seriously, I'm really liking the render Mazda is showing. Unlike the NSX, it's a good example of how to take an old design and modernize it while still allowing it to be recognizable--though it still needs some work. In any case, a turbo rotary makes me happy. I think Mazda is my favorite manufacturer right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    It will be turbo as well. Boost goes in. Apex seals go out.

    But, seriously, I'm really liking the render Mazda is showing. Unlike the NSX, it's a good example of how to take an old design and modernize it while still allowing it to be recognizable--though it still needs some work. In any case, a turbo rotary makes me happy. I think Mazda is my favorite manufacturer right now.
    THIS ^^

    If the car looks this good and delivers a good driving experience with turbo rotary power, ill probably buy one. I believe you need to vote with your dollars. When a manufacturer makes something you like and if you want them to continue doing it you need to tell them in the only way that matters. This is how i wound up with my wagon.

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    It's been no mystery that apex seals are the Achilles' Heel of the rotary engine. That and emissions, so I would think that would be the engineering staff's main focus. I can only speculate on that.

    If you look at what Mazda is doing, you'll see a prime example of a carmaker punching way above its weight.

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    Win with spin!

    Or not. But you do have to admire their grit.

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    Except it looks like a spiffed up RX-8 which is not particularly sexy to me. I look at those renders and think ho hum.
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    Those aren't renderings. That's a concept car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Those aren't renderings. That's a concept car.
    Like that affects my point one little bit......
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    I think the design is too divergent from the Kodo language. It looks undercooked.

    I speculate the rotary will, or should, be used in conjunction with electric motors. Wankels are used in commercial power generation applications rather well. Mazda has already shown an extended-range concept (around '13?) utilizing a wankel. Given the low torque, electric motors would give the car serious torque until the rotary can take over. Think Porsche 918, McLaren P1, but with a rotary powerplant. The long hoodline suggests a bit of room in in there for a hybrid system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by winders View Post
    Like that affects my point one little bit......
    Well, if your point was that it looks like a "spiffed up RX-8," my apologies, but I don't see that at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Well, if your point was that it looks like a "spiffed up RX-8," my apologies, but I don't see that at all.

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    The RX8 was an abomination. Must we speak of it?
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    I think that concept chassis is made for something other than a rotory. The front nose is very long. Long enough to accommodate a more realistic v6 or v8.
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