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Mazda rotary engine development to continue

 Mazda rotary engine development to continue
Mazda RX-8 Spirit R special edition JDM 07.10.2011

New model could be out within five years

Mazda confirms they haven't dropped plans of developing a new generation of their rotary engine.

The Japanese firm stopped making its Renesis rotary engine in June 2012, but the good news is development will continue. One of the company's engineers told Autocar he hopes rotary engine production will restart within the next five years, but for the moment nothing is certain.

If green-lighted, the new generation of Mazda's rotary engine will be available at first in a naturally-aspirated variant which will be followed by its turbocharged counterpart if testing goes according to plan.

When the Renesis rotary engine was discontinued last year, the firm's PR department said they are "zealously working on new models to house the next-generation rotary engine". Hopefully, they'll live up to their promise.

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Comments (10)

 OsamaS.Husain OsamaS.Husain
Never understand the aim of this engine but i like to hear that the legacy of the legendary RX7 is to live.
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February 24, 2013 12:00 pm
 PaulBlichmann PaulBlichmann
The rotary engine is a big shrug. If you want to make a sports car with an exotic engine what about 2-stroke: very similar concept as you get a great sound, high revs, and low engine weight. A lot of the infamous characteristics have already been ironed out in the outboard/powersports world.
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February 23, 2013 10:41 am
 joelynn joelynn
Rotary range extenders? It makes sense to have a small powerful engine as the range-extender and it wouldn't stress the engine as much- Rotaries aren't the most durable are they?
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February 23, 2013 4:28 am
 A A
What a wonderful car the RX-8 is/was...STILL one of the best balanced RWD 'only' Sports Cars EVER made....it sticks to the road like glue, the simplest, but best multi-link rear suspension ever made...Everything about the last series 2 RX-8's was well sorted and perfect...a joy to drive. I hope Mazda makes another RX-, but ONLY as a primary power, anything else will never be a real RX-.
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February 23, 2013 12:11 am
 out4ride out4ride
I am surprised germans aren't putting their hands on it. Rotary engines are way more efficient since there is no death points to overcome but valves and other parts are more complicated to run. Fuel efficiency needs to improve.
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February 22, 2013 6:36 pm
 m54b25 m54b25
Hope they add direct injection & multispark coils for the rotary engine!
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February 22, 2013 2:47 pm
 aestival aestival
Bless you Mazda!
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February 22, 2013 2:28 pm