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

2009 Mazda RX-8
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

Related Articles

Add comment

subscribe to comments
comment rules Add comment

Comments (20)

erniebrink7 erniebrink7
2mm apex 14mm plug hole you waste air and fuel past the plug hole inside the engine right out the tail pipe never burned in the engine for your power
Oct 16th, 2014 3:45am
0 0
EdBacau EdBacau
The only way a rotary makes sense in a car is as a range extending engine.
Aug 20th, 2013 2:01pm
1 2
Han Solo Han Solo
How about a Micro-turbine with a Heat Recuperator and an Exhaust Gas Driven Turbo-Generator...wont that be more efficient at High RPMs? I think we can squeeze more juice out of a Micro-turbine if we can design a high efficiency Heat Recuperator with another Micro Turbo-Generator driven by the High Velocity Exhaust Gas Thrust...
Aug 26th, 2013 11:12am
0 0
EdBacau EdBacau
I'm not saying the rotary is the best choice for a range extender, I'm saying that in a car, the range extender is the only role that a rotary would be good at. But i like your idea.
Aug 26th, 2013 11:26am
1 0
Han Solo Han Solo
I totally agree with you on that my friend...
Aug 26th, 2013 12:36pm
0 0
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.
Aug 20th, 2013 11:55am
0 0
EdBacau EdBacau
Rotaries are thirsty because they have no torque, but you don't need torque in a generator, you need RPM and rotaries have plenty of that.
Aug 20th, 2013 2:02pm
0 0
RaulLeal RaulLeal
ok, it may be, but RPM requires petrol! the best way to settle this is to measure the fuel consumption at the same RPM of the two engines a rotary and a 4 pot with the same power.
Aug 20th, 2013 3:03pm
0 0
EdBacau EdBacau
True, but a rotary is lighter and more compact.
Aug 20th, 2013 6:57pm
0 0
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.
Aug 20th, 2013 8:17am
1 0
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...
Aug 20th, 2013 4:52am
2 3
EdBacau EdBacau
That's true.
Aug 20th, 2013 2:03pm
0 1
DaTruth DaTruth
Then both of you heard wrong. As long as you treat a rotary as it should be treated ie. special care with the oil and apex seals, red lining it from time to time, it will give you years of reliability. My 2004 RX-8 is proof, and there are many examples like mine. The trick is knowing how to take care of it.
Oct 6th, 2013 8:24am
0 0
adprokid adprokid
oh hell yeah
Aug 20th, 2013 3:53am
0 0
Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
I'm just afraid the efficiency still will turn people off
Aug 20th, 2013 1:25am
2 3
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
Aug 20th, 2013 12:45am
2 0
Porsche3054 Porsche3054
Really great news.
Aug 19th, 2013 11:59pm
1 0
HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
Please let it be a revival of the RX-7! Small 2 seater
Aug 19th, 2013 11:12pm
6 1
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!
Aug 19th, 2013 11:01pm
4 2
aestival aestival
Praise the Mazda!
Aug 19th, 2013 10:34pm
7 0