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Does anyone have any ideas/guesses as to how much the Renesis would cost? Or what would be needed to transplant it into an FD?
I was talking to a rotary mechanic over a year ago, and his thoughts were that it would be quite expensive. But if the RX-8 is hard to get a hold of, putting a renesis in an FD seems like it may be a good option.
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"After more than a half-decade's absence, Mazda's rotary engine — and its equally famous sports car that surrounds it — is staged for yet another comeback (see sidebar, next page). Only this time, Mazda expects to produce the car's Renesis (name derived from “rotary” and “genesis”) rotary engine for around $2,000, a key to avoiding the escalating-cost mistakes that led to Mazda's withdrawal of the rotary from the U.S. market.
Predicated on monthly output of 5,000 units, the company says, amazingly, that Renesis' cost is slightly less than it would pay for a standard V-6 engine. By implication, Mazda plans to produce 60,000 RX-8s annually, though management declines to disclose sales targets."
here is the link to the full article originally posted by patrickb
Yeahbutt, getting a Renesis "crate engine" is going to be a different story. You'll have to settle for a "wreck", and that hopefully won't kill the engine, and it hopefully won't cost an arm and a leg anyway.
In the Toyota world, the current Celica and MR2 Spyder uses the same engines and trannies (just like the '90-95 versions of the two models did). Well, actually, the Celica has a 140 and 180 hp version of the same engine (diff'runt heads and misc.), while the MRS only has the 140 hp version. There were a couple of people who seriously looked into the possibility of getting the Celica GTS engine (the 180 hp version) and putting it into the MRS. Also the possibility of getting the SMT and just the head of the 180 hp engine were also looked into. Now, I'm not saying that it was impossible, but it was difficult enough that all of those options were shelved. The high-hp tuners went to a turbo setup instead.
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