Piston-powered RX's?

Discussion in 'Asian Forums' started by AViper666, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Was there ever one offered from the factory? A friend of mine is convinced there was but, to my knowledge, there wasn't ever one.
     
  2. No, but piston swaps are not uncommon. There is a company or two that will source the engine and install if, basically making it look like it came stock. LS1 RX7s are probably the most common hybrids, and for a good reason.
     
  3. What about concepts?
     
  4. Nope, RX stands for Rotary Experiment, last I checked.
     
  5. Thanks. I wasn't about to argue with him unless I was 100% sure.
     
  6. What does MX stand for then? <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  7. Motocross.
     
  8. MX as in MX3 and MX5.
     
  9. Possibly "Mazda." the faxt is that the names are differnt around teh world. In Japan, it's teh Eunos Roadster, not the Miata. Mazda was just using aphanumeric designations in differnt markets.

    As an example, the RX7 wasn't the first RX model, but it was the first to use that in all markets (as, other than teh Cosmo, it was teh first to be exclusively powered by a rotary engine). the US got the R100, RX2, RX3 and RX4 before it, but in other markets those were called, in order, teh familia, Capella, Savanna, and Luce, while the Cosmo could have been called the RX5 here in the US, it never officially was. But the RX models listed were also available in piston engine forms (in order, they were known here as the Mazda 1300, 616/618, 808, and I don't remember the RX4's alter ego..)

    RX was just a made up designation. It didn't mean that they were necessarily showcasing the rotary in the car, or ALL rotary cars would have had such designations in all markets (especially in Japan, but even the first rotary powered Mazda was called the Cosmo...)
     
  10. As a matter of fact, if your friend was saying that there were piston engine versions of the R100, RX2, RX3, and RX4, he's right. They just had different names for the same bodies with different engines...

    The RX7 never had any piston engine variants, however.
     

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