Re: Speaking of RX-7 vs Corvette
Stuffing a V8 into a Mazda RX* has been done for years, as you all probably know.
I've always loved the Mazda RX* (* means any version for the hearing impaired). I've always had high hopes for the Wankel rotary engine. I mean, that engine just makes common sense!
The body style is just plain sexy. I don't agree with making a 4 seat sports car, but that's just my personal opinion. However, I'd buy it for the suicide rear doors just because...
However, back to engines. Since the rotary Wankel engine has not been developed to generate high torque at low rpm, and that efficient high horsepower is only generated at high rpm, this essentially makes the RX a track only car (just to illustrate a similarly meaningful analogy). In other words, for the continental USA typical driver, this car won't work.
This makes me understand why someone in the USA has always tried to stuff a big V8 into an RX since it initially was introduced.
The Honda S2000 is the same. Great looks, handling etc.,...but unless you wring its neck, it has the performance of a Yugo engine-wise.
Granted, European or Asian rodeways may require things that do not apply here. However, until something changes, the gearheads will always be trying to swap a big V8 into an RX.
Now, here's a Christmas wish...
Mazda develops a Wankel with 450 - 500 rwhp, at 1500 - 6000 rpm and sticks it into an RX*. Redesigned rear to allow tires wide enough to put the hp on the floor. Build quality to allow for turbo or supercharging without spiffing up the engine internals. 1/4 times in the 10s off the showroom floor. I'd buy it even if it was a 4 butter.
On a tangent, my current lust machine, based purely upon styling, is the Carrera GT. Check out my Gallery. No way I could afford this, but I just think it looks like your, and mine, dream (wet dream) girl. It probably does not have the performance figures in my previous paragraph, but I'll wager it performs just like your (wet dream) girl does.
Yes, I do lust over the Enzo, but like a Ducati, I cannot rationalize the cost/time maintenance to giggle factor ratio. Babe magnet??? Without a doubt, but my wife would do serious bodily damage, so that is not a factor with me.
Now back to your regularly scheduled motorcycle forum.
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