Thursday, 9 August 2007

Mazda's Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary: RX-8 Limited Edition

To commemorate 40 years of Mazda’s rotary engine vehicles sold globally, Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced sales of a limited edition model Mazda RX-8 throughout Japan called the RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary edition.

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In 1967, Mazda’s first vehicle powered by a rotary engine, the Cosmo Sport (known as the 110S overseas) was introdiced to the world. Since then, Mazda has preservered to make and sell various rotary engine-powered cars, most notably the Familia Rotary Coupe (known as the R100 overseas), the Savanna (RX-3), RX-7, and Eunos Cosmo. Currently, Mazda is working on technical improvements in fuel economy and environmental performance for its rotary engines. Mazda also intends to advance the potential of the hydrogen rotary engine as part of its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, which was announced in March 2007.

The RX-8 ‘Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary’ model is based on the RX-8 Type S (six-speed manual transmission) and the Type E (six-speed automatic transmission) model grades. The interior is designed to evoke the Cosmo Sport heritage and includes exclusive black genuine leather and light silver ALCANTARA combination seat covers. The exclusive Marble White body color and special limited edition badges mounted on the side panels are perfectly suited to commemorate the 40th year of Mazda’s rotary engine vehicle sales. Special equipment - including exclusive Bilstein dampers and a urethane foam-filled front suspension cross member - has been fitted for a higher quality ride and better performance.

On a related note, a reliable source at Cycle & Carriage Bintang (CCB) has indicated that the franchise holder and sole distributor for Mazda'a vehicle in Malaysia will possibly introduce the 2008 model RX-8 by H2 2008. Apparently, Mazda Motor Corp.'s R&D engineers in Japan are concerned about our petrol quality for its RENESIS twin-rotor engine (much like LEXUS Japan engineers initially).

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