The rwd 2+2 sports car should arrive for the 2003 model year. Power comes from a 1.3-liter twin-rotor rotary engine that is expected to generate 280 hp without turbocharging. Insiders predict a sticker price in the $25,000 to $30,000 range, putting it up against the new Nissan Z.
Originally posted by oh-dawg:
Here are some rotary facts for you:
- The Racing Beat RX7 that beat some land speed record at Bonneville made 930 horsepower.. it was a 2 liter 3-rotor turbo motor..
- A peripheral port 12A (1.2 liter 2-rotor) can make 270 horsepower (although you could never drive it on the street and you'd need to tach it out to like 15k to make any power)
- Normally aspirated, Mazda made a 4-rotor engine, the 13J-2M that made 630hp @ 9000 RPM on 87 octane (thats roughly 233hp/liter)
Rotaries are cool.. just unreliable when pushed hard, I suppose.