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An RX-8? I’ve not seen one of those for ages

Nor had we, ’till Mazda kept this stunning white one with a trim 18,000 miles close to home. Doesn’t take a virtuoso to work out why, by the same token.

Images: Mark Riccion

I’m not a genius. Why don’t you see them around anymore?

However the RX-8 was a sensibly mainstream decision in its prime, since it went off deal in 2010 the little Mazda has gained notoriety for being something interesting to keep in fine fettle. Furthermore, for drinking motor oil at generally a similar rate the vast majority of its rivals devour super-unleaded. These days you can get one for close to nothing, yet in light of current circumstances; it’ll cost you £££ to run and keep up with, and the potential for calamitous mechanical disappointment is, erm, huge.

What’s the problem?

The engine, which is precisely what makes this car so special. The RX-8 was the last Mazda – far as I can tell the last production car, in fact – to be equipped with a rotary engine; a technology with which Mazda has become synonymous, and that ever-tightening emissions regulations effectively killed-off a decade ago. 

Aren’t they bringing the rotary back?

Perhaps. Mazda has been talking for some time presently about restoring the turning as a reach extender for its first all-electric creation vehicle, the MX-30 hybrid. Late reports asserted it might have surrendered, or essentially put the undertaking on pause, yet Mazda reveals to us that is trash: “We will apply numerous zap innovations which utilize a rotational motor as a force generator for BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs relying upon the differed limit of the engine and batteries.

“Each of the three organization designs have been essential for the item and zap system from the start onwards. The current turn of events and dispatch plan for Mazda models utilizing the rotational motor as a generator stays unaltered.”

Great news!

It truly is. For the most part since rotaries are unfathomably smooth, minimal and lightweight comparative with traditional ignition motors, so they’re undeniably fit to this sort of utilization, yet additionally on the grounds that the MX-30 is shouting out for a bit more reach.

What does Mazda claim?

The MX-30 imagined is Top Gear’s own – Mazda claims it can travel 124 miles between charges, yet in blended true conditions you’re taking a gander at around 100 miles of usable reach. Less in case it’s cold or you’re a quick driver/consistently on the motorway. Fine in case you’re pottering around locally, less so in the event that you need to go a bit further away from home. Then, at that point pivot and return home once more.

What’s the rotary like as an actual engine?

The MX-30 weighs practically 400kg more than the RX-8, has 78 less pull and requires three seconds longer to reach 62mph from a standing beginning. Be that as it may, more often than not the moment force from the e-engine implies it feels such a great deal quicker.

The RX-8’s 221bhp doesn’t show up until you’re 800rpm short of the 9,000rpm red-line, and it just has 156lb ft of force from 5,500rpm. Which makes it a legitimate chuckle to drive immediately, when you can truly wring it out, however inconceivably irritating and grisly difficult work the remainder of the time.

Ignoring the powertrain, do the MX-30 and RX-8 feel similar to drive?

One’s a rear-wheel drive sportscar with a combustion engine and manual gearbox, the other a front-wheel drive crossover SUV with an electric motor. So no, not really. 

The RX-8 is properly entertaining in an old-school rear-drive coupe kind of way. It’s well-balanced, agile and steers with real precision. That the MX-30, 13 years this particular RX-8’s junior, steers and rides better than the majority of affordable, mainstream EVs is evidence, were any needed, Mazda still gives a damn about making cars handle properly. There is something that more obviously binds these two cars, though…

It’s the doors, isn’t it?

Right, and would they say they aren’t only the coolest things you’ve at any point seen? Not greatly reasonable in fact – to a lesser degree an issue in the RX-8 than the MX-30, given the sorts of vehicles they are – however cool to take a gander at and work. The handles to open them are so comparative, I wouldn’t be astonished to learn they had a similar part number.

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