Originally Posted by Snowphun
That's a pretty poor signature IMO. It's in one car, gets awful gas mileage at a time when people actually care about that and it scares most people due to it's reliability (regardless if it is unfounded). I'm amazed they keep making this engine, it doesn't bring enough to the table and Mazda has some other engines that are as nice as the competetion.
Whether you like it or not, it's still Mazda's unique and identifiable engine. When you think of a V12, you probably think of Ferrari. Flat 6... that's Porsche. Flat 4... Subaru or VW if you're one of the old bug guys. V8... American muscle.. GM or Ford.
When you think rotary, Mazda immediately comes to mind.