Originally Posted by dclin
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).
I get it, but there are too many other compromiseses to make it worthwhile.
Its a shame its a really neat 4 door chasis, wishbones and space for big tires. I wonder if the v6 from the mustang will fit under the hoodline. Time for mazda to do some partsbin engineering from thier corporate partners.
I apreciate thier dedication to rotard purists. It is amazing actually, but misguided. Even porsche ditched the air cooled motor more than a decade ago.