Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #73


5 comments:

  1. Marty, is the Wankel Rotary still available from Mazda? Raymo

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    1. Alas, no the classic Wankel is no longer available in a production car. It's only made by Mazda's Formula One race division - which means it's primarily seen in Asia and Europe, not so much in the States.
      The last production Mazda with a Wankel rotary was the 2012 Rx-8 - when the Rx-8 was dropped, so was the rotary engine. The new line of cars have "SkyActive" 4-cyl engines - the 2.4L is anemic - I test drove the Cx-5 a couple of years ago and just couldn't handle the plodding response. The 2.6 and 2.8L Skactiv engines are remarkably "peppy" for a 4-cyl - and combined with a 6 gear tranny they drive smooth with a considerably better pickup.
      Of course, my last Mazda 6 was 280 hp…V6 - this new one is 188 hp V-4 - but the new car is much lighter to the touch and as responsive as I could ask for.
      Stic, Bernie and I need to take it on a road trip though… all I've driven it so far is in town and back and forth to DC once.

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    2. And to those who asked off list…yes, the new car is red. I've always wanted a red car….

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