Mazda Motor Corp.’s seminal RX-7 sports-car series, powered by the company’s painstakingly developed version of the Wankel rotary engine, was beloved by owners with cultlike devotion through four generations of the car. But Mazda’s original production-vehicle rotary (including subsequent refinements) nonetheless was widely – wrongly, some argue – criticized for guzzling fuel. Mazda’s latest-generation rotary, Renesis. The all-new RX-8 and its heavily re-engineered Renesis rotary, ...

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