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Mazda 16X rotary engine coming in two years, will debut in all-new model - report

 Mazda 16X rotary engine coming in two years, will debut in all-new model - report
2009 Mazda RX-8

Back from the brink

Mazda stopped building rotary engines in 2012 but a recent report is indicting a new one is just two years away.

Citing an anonymous source, Autoblog says the engine will be called the 16X and offer more performance and lower fuel consumption than its predecessor. Little else is known about the engine but the source said it deliver more torque while not burning as much oil at higher revs.

The engine will reportedly debut in an all-new model but there's no word on what it could be. However, previous reports have indicated the company could be developing a hydrogen-electric vehicle with a rotary range-extending engine.

Source: Autoblog

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Comments (19)

 EdBacau EdBacau
The only way a rotary makes sense in a car is as a range extending engine.
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August 20, 2013 7:01 am
 RaulLeal RaulLeal
as this engines are famous because their thirsty, i dont see the point on using it as range extender engine. if they do the upside option - main power Rotary and an auxiliary electric motor to save fuel - then it could be a good car.
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August 20, 2013 4:55 am
 A A
I will believe it when I see it, the 16X was shown at the 2007 TMS, it is not new, until Mazda can find 35 MPG plus it just will not happen..Who wants a hybrid FFS, it has to be light weight and Only rotary as main power source, Hydrogen RX-8's were around years ago, again no mainstream hydro stations, this is all internet chatter with NO credibility..IF Mazda doe build another RX- it will be off the ND MX-5, the only way it will be viable for them, there are just not the sales numbers...let alone reliability.
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August 20, 2013 1:17 am
 Han Solo Han Solo
Although I personally like the performance of the Rotary Engine, but I heard that the Robustness and Durability of these engines are not as good as the Piston Engines...and that the Maintenance Costs of these engines are quite expensive...
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August 19, 2013 9:52 pm
 adprokid adprokid
oh hell yeah
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August 19, 2013 8:53 pm
 Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
I'm just afraid the efficiency still will turn people off
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August 19, 2013 6:25 pm
 Microice Microice
There is no other car company I want to succeed as much as Mazda because of news like this. Long live the rotary
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August 19, 2013 5:45 pm
 Porsche3054 Porsche3054
Really great news.
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August 19, 2013 4:59 pm
 HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
Please let it be a revival of the RX-7! Small 2 seater
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August 19, 2013 4:12 pm
 ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
Mating a rotary with a hybrid would be the best of all worlds. Small, compact, low center of gravity with torque and great mileage!
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August 19, 2013 4:01 pm
 aestival aestival
Praise the Mazda!
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August 19, 2013 3:34 pm