Naysayers notwithstanding, the rotary engine just won’t go away. As we reported last October , the RX-8, already no longer being imported into the U.S., was supposed to have a final 1,000 Spirit R models as a sayonara for the Japanese market, production winding down in June, 2012. But due to popular demand, Mazda decided to build another run of 1,000 more of the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R.
Alas, that second run of Spirit R cars will be complete by June, 2012. For the first time since the introduction of the Mazda Cosmo 110S in 1967, a Mazda rotary engine will not be in production.
Rotary engine enthusiasts should not lose heart, however, as we’ve been told that research continues on Mazda’s defining technology. Just don’t expect anything too soon.