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Mazda RX-Evolv

Mazda RX-Evolv

Mazda RX-Evolv
Make Mazda
Model RX-Evolv
Concept year 1999
Production year -
Engine 1.3 L, Wankel rotary

The RX-Evolv which Mazda trotted out at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show was the concept car which was eventually to become the hugely successful Mazda RX-8.

The Rx-Evolv was essentially a coupe but unlike all other coupes it had four doors. The front doors opened in a conventional manner while the back doors were rear-hinged to provide better access to the rear seats.

Up front the Mazda RX-Evolv featured a forward hinged clamshell hood which opened to reveal a 1.3 litre Wankel rotary engine which developed 276 horsepower. This was mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox which sent the power to the rear wheels.

Back in 1999 the Mazda RX-Evolv looked very futuristic and almost too radical to go on sale due to the unusual door arrangement, unique powerplant and advanced styling. However when it did finally go on sale as the RX-8 it was exactly these features which made it a hit and the car is sure to be a future classic thanks to its strong identity and quirky character. And that's on top of its strong performance and practical (for a coupe) layout.

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