Mazda RX-8 killed off

Posted on Saturday, 17 April 2010 , 17:04:24 byAlina

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Mazda RX-8 killed off

Mazda RX-8 will be pulled out from the European market because the model is too expensive and cannot meet the Euro 5 standards, according to Joseph Alois Schmid, the head of Mazda Germany.

Instead of updating the current engine, Mazda decided to drop the current RX-8.

The current RX-8 is powered by a compact 13B twin rotor Renesis engine making 232 HP at a screaming 8,200 RPM and 155 lb-ft of torque. This allows the RX-8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 MPH.

The next model will have to meet Euro 6 standards which will be much stricter than Euro 5 and will make its debut somewhere in 2013, carrying the next-generation of its Wankel rotary engine.