Mazda RX-8 Bids Farewell To The Japanese-Only Special Edition The Spirit R

We already knew that Mazda has decided to kill-off of the RX-8 four-door coupe, sooner rather than later. Stricter fuel consumption and CO2 emissions regulations saw it, forcing the Hiroshima-based automaker to pull in foreign markets, and kept alive only in Japan.

Today, Mazda announced that it will launch the final edition of its rotary engine sports car, which is only available for sale on the domestic market was launched on 24 November. Production is limited to 1,000 units.

Spirit R RX-8 got its name from the final version of its predecessor, the RX-7, and comes in two versions: one based on a six-speed manual transmission Type RS, the second six-speed automatic transmission is based on the E-type model.

After its launch, and the Spirit R Type G automatic only going to be the only models of the RX-8 line-up until June 12, when the production line will be completed.

Mazda President and CEO, Takashi Tamanouchi said: “Mazda’s iconic rotary-recorded his famous victory in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance Rave 20 years ago. The 2011 marks the 20th anniversary we have been, indicating that the victory in Le Mans winning 787B racecar” Circuit de La Sarthe, and many other events, which is a powerful reminder of a common passion for rotary engine. ”

“While the RX-8 production has ceased, at all times to represent the spirit of Mazda’s rotary engine. And Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development,” Tamanouchi added.

So, the Wankel fans, you can mourn for the demise of the RX-8 exciting, but you also smile, because there you have to be the most official source, Mazda CEO himself: rotary engine will join with us in the future.

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