After a good, albeit less than stellar production run, the Mazda RX-8 is dead. Released in 2003, the RX-8 has been the sole bearer of the rotary torch for nearly a decade. Slumping sales, a scant 1,134 units in 2010, rising emission requirements and unfavorable fuel efficiency sealed the 8’s fate. It also had no new powerplant in its future, as the replacement of the current 232hp Renesis rotary has been shelved. Dropping the 16X rotary program seems more a by-product of the economy than a paradigm shift in philosophy, and rumors have the 16X back in the development pipeline when things improve. Stay tuned.