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Mazda PR Tweets that the Company is Working on New Rotary Engine-Powered Model(s)

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Even though Mazda President and CEO, Takashi Tamanouchi, has repeatedly stated that the company will continue to develop the firm's rotary engine after the demise of the RX-8 sports car in June of 2012, many have questioned the company's commitment to the Wankel concept.

To calm the Japanese brand's fans, Mazda posted a tweet on its Japanese account that said it is "zealously" planning the development of "new models", which will be equipped with a rotary engine.

Here's the (loosely) translated snip:

"Thank you so much for all your supportive messages concerning the RX-8 and the rotary engine! We are also excited. Mazda is aiming to achieve a breakthrough with the ‘Skyactiv’ technology, and we are zealously working on new models to house the next generation rotary engine. Thank you for your continued support!"

Now the question is what kind of Wankel-powered model(s) could Mazda be working on? While we can't say for sure, the evidence points at a possible two-door successor to the RX-7 and/or a production version of the Shinari sports saloon concept.

Story References: Mazda PR via Integrityexports [Hat tip to Stephen!]


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13 Comments:

AstonMartin said... »October 10, 2011

Come on Mazda, we're all waiting for you to shine and a all new RX7 or Shinari will show your serious about competing. 

Pureworx said... »October 10, 2011

personally i think its going to be a hydrogen rotary based models... either way long live the rotary!

aaronbbrown said... »October 11, 2011

I hope so, because when it comes to racing, the lightweight rotary engine has almost no equal. I was around in the early days of Pettitt Racing's http://www.pettitracing.com/ development, when they started out with an old RX 3 whose body and tube frame could literally be carried around the shop by one person.  I couldn't believe how light the complete car was, and on the track the competition couldn't believe how they got walked on in the corners by those early Pettitt race cars. I see they're still around, still working on Mazda performance engines and parts for the street and track. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx5QQ6V7hMM and still showing up the competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve0Uajy5bEw&feature=related

I hope Mazda comes out with a new generation of rotary engines and a lightweight sports car to put them in.

Francisco Nery said... »October 11, 2011

Serious curious as to what mazda will, do. I want a brand new rotary model.

BeReal said... »October 12, 2011

IMO, the effort Mazda has expended trying to make a street-worthy rotary engine is "beating a dead horse." I can certainly see adapting it for racing, while it also seems especially suitable as a light-weight, compact, relatively-simple generator to charge batteries in an extended-range electric vehicle.

1214 said... »October 12, 2011

The fans can talk about how great that engine is and how they are going to buy it all they want BOTH of those statements are lies. Nobody bought the RX8 blog posters dont buy cars for the most part second the RX8 was a HORRIBLE car, its engine was its biggest downfall it had 4 cylinder performance with V8 gas mileage, required way to much oil, the engine was terribly unreliable as well no real reason to buy one. Some RX8s had to hae the engine removed due to numberous issues

yr a Numbnuts said... »October 14, 2011

Some RX8s had to hae the engine removed due to numberous issue.  And after the engines were removed, the the car drove it self with out one!

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Ddude003 said... »February 16, 2012

As an original owner of a 1994 RX-7 (still own and drive)...  I would say take that 3rd generation platform and put a 3 rotor hydrogen burner that develops 300 to 350 whp and your good to go...  Zoom zoom that is 8^)

I would only make some very minor changes to the suspension, exterior and interior...

Eddie Martinez said... »October 25, 2012

its funny its easy to tell who's actully owns rotarys your momments are such a joke its not even getting in to an argument about it but ill leave this in mind i own 3 rx models .rx7 with 13b 678hp to the wheels after getting it tuned by pettit racing the cars been driving perfect with no problems for 6 years now second car is a rx3 with over 2hundred kmiles no prolems there. and a daly 400hp rx8 with nife edge handling all rx8's have handling like a lotus you would now this if you owned one and the car never give me any problems only extra oil here rotary power drive one brap brap.

Eddie Martinez said... »October 25, 2012

its funny its easy to tell who actully owns rotarys your momments are such a joke its not even getting in to an argument about it but ill leave this in mind i own 3 rx models .rx7 with 13b 678hp to the wheels after getting it tuned by pettit racing the cars been driving perfect with no problems for 6 years now second car is a rx3 with over 2hundred kmiles no prolems there. and a daly 400hp rx8 with nife edge handling all rx8's have handling like a lotus you would now this if you owned one and the car never give me any problems only extra oil here rotary power drive one brap brap.

Eddie Martinez said... »October 25, 2012

its funny its easy to tell who's actully owns rotarys your momments are such a joke its not even getting in to an argument about it but ill leave this in mind i own 3 rx models .rx7 with 13b 678hp to the wheels after getting it tuned by pettit racing the cars been driving perfect with no problems for 6 years now second car is a rx3 with over 2 hundred k miles no prolems there. and a daily driven 400hp rx8 with nife edge handling all rx8's have handling like a lotus you would now this if you owned one and the car never gives me any problems only extra oil here and there. rotary power drive one brap brap.

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