Originally Posted by aschen
Hmn kinda sad.
A cool car in so many ways, but meh power and worse than meh fuel economy are just not acceptable in the year of 2011.
Dear mazda: same car with a piston engine please, just as most everybody in the world opines
The advantage of the rotary is nothing else (the flat 4 comes closest I think) allows a car designer to pack mass low and towards the center of the car like the rotary. It's a key reason why RX7s and RX8s handle so well, right out of the box (though having a company like Mazda keep 'fun to drive' as a company mantra doesn't hurt).
Personally, I'm surprised the RX8 lasted so many years, and through a nasty recession no less. From a strictly business perspective, I'd likely have ended production a couple years back myself; there's no way that the RX8 was profitable in the numbers it was selling in the last few years. I'd like to think Mazda kept it around simply to keep 'fun to drive' in its product lineup as long as possible, and for that, I tip my hat to them.