2004 Mazda RX-8

With an athletically sculpted exterior, a one-of-a-kind RENESIS 13B rotary engine and a thoroughly unique interior, the Mazda RX-8 is redefining the automobile industry’s definition of a sports car. Mazda is the only car company in the world to achieve success in volume production of rotary-powered cars and has done so for more than three decades. The 2004 Mazda RX-8 takes this success to a new level by mating smooth and efficient rotary power with unique, cutting-edge styling and Mazda’s trademark Zoom-Zoom driving experience. The heart of the RX-8 is the RENESIS rotary engine, and its small size and low weight are what make the design and concept of this car possible. Named “International Engine of the Year 2003” at Engine Expo 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany, the RENESIS rotary performs the four processes of intake, compression, combustion and exhaust in succession by turning a triangular-shaped rotor in a cocoon-shaped combustion chamber to generate the engine power. Compared to traditional internal combustion engines, it is significantly smaller (some 60 percent smaller than a comparable-power V-6 and 40 percent smaller than a four-cylinder) and exceptionally smooth and high revving.