We already knew that Mazda would be pulling the plug on the RX-8 in Europe, a victim of ever-tightening emissions regulations. According to Motor Trend, the same thing will be happening on this side of the pond after the 2011 model year. Mazda has yet to confirm or deny this, so things don’t look good for the nimble four-door coupe.
Mazda hasn’t had much success with the RX-8 in America, due partially to problems with early models. Their thirsty nature when flogged doesn’t endear them to drivers, especially since the bulk of their power comes on at top end. Drive an RX-8 hard, and you can expect to see full-size SUV fuel mileage numbers, which is part of the reason that Mazda has only sold 428 RX-8s in 2010.
An all new RX-7 is allegedly in the works, rumored for a 2013 introduction. The pure sports car approach probably makes better sense to rotary aficionados, who viewed the RX-8 as a compromise in too many areas. Let’s hope that Mazda revives the legendary RX-7 brand with a worthy successor to the FD series.