Mazda
has announced that the rotary powered sports coupe first seen as the concept model
RX-Evolv two years ago and shown as the RX-8 at the Detroit Motor Show in January
this year, will now definitely go into production.

It will bring a rotary engine car back into the Mazda line up and will carry
the name RX-8.

The car will be powered by a normally aspirated 250 bhp 1.3-litre rotary engine,
coupled to a five speed manual transmission with a short throw gear change.
The ‘RENESIS’ rotary engine has maximum outputs of 250 bhp at 8,500 rpm and
torque of 220 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

The Mazda RX-8 goes into production during late 2002.

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