Rotary Engine Is Allegedly Alive In Mazda’s Curriculum

Mazda’s rotary engine grew into a phenomenon over the years. Its nimbleness and smoothness made it into an icon in the eyes of connoisseurs everywhere – that is, when they didn’t experience troubles…

But unfortunately, as emission standards were becoming more and more rigorous, Mazda canned the Wankel program along with the RX-8 model in 2012 – to a lot of people’s disappointment. Or so we thought, as the Japanese car maker apparently only paused the manufacturing process in order to focus on its development.

Make no mistake, the RX-8 will remain part of Mazda’s rich history, but the rotary internal combustion engine still has a chance of making it into production. Autocar magazine reports that Mazda’s president – Masamichi Kogai – confirmed at  the Frankfurt motor show that the company still has a dedicated engineering team focused on rotary engine development. Moreover, the group is currently working towards bringing it up to the standards of contemporary piston engines.

Wait, don’t get too psyched about the engine’s return, as Masamichi Kogai said that Mazda won’t bring it back unless it will comply with modern-day conventional engine standards. Apparently, other key features are in development in order to make it feasible in the modern-day, efficiency-obsessed world – besides the obvious emissions issue – such as considerable improvements to the cold-start characteristics, and a wider torque band at lower revs.

Now, as fun and cool as the 1.3-litre Renesis engine was to drive, it was also hard and complicated to maintain. Sure, its specific operating style and service details made it even more special and connected with the driver, but it was a handful for beginners and casual owners.

Nevertheless, Kogai did not provide a specific date when or if the engine will return (and in what car), but the British magazine reckons there’s a possibility to see a new RX by 2018, to coincide with the car maker’s 40th anniversary of the original RX-7.

2007 Mazda Taiki concept pictured


Here’s Our First Look At Top Gear Without Matt LeBlanc And Rory Reid

The two well known Top Gear hosts are being replaced by Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.

New 2020 Corvette C8 Renderings Might Be Onto Something

The CGIs are modeled after the most recent sighting of 2020 Corvette testers.

Bugatti Could Be Working On An All-New Royale

Rumored to launch in 2023, the Bugatti Royale is said to be an electric vehicle which could have around 870 hp.

Someone Wants $85,000 For A Chrysler Sebring Posing As A Bentley Continental GTC

Would you spend $85,000 on a Bentley GTC replica? A real one costs far less.

Trump An Autonomous Vehicle Skeptic, Reportedly Says They’ll “Never Work”

A new report claims President Trump believes autonomous vehicles are “crazy” and said he would never ride in one.

Mid-Range Model 3 Disappears From Tesla’s Configurator

The Model 3 can now be ordered in Standard and Standard Plus or dual-motor Long Range and Performance guise.

Trump Wants GM To Either Reopen Or Sell Its Ohio Plant NOW

Donald Trump urged GM CEO to close a factory in China or Mexico in order to keep the Lordstown one operational.

Projekt Grenadier SUVs To Use BMW Engines, Promises “No-Frills Utilitarianism”

Projekt Grenadier promises to be a hardcore off-roader that draws inspiration from the original Willys Jeep and Land Rover Series 1.

All-New 2021 Mercedes C-Class Gets Its Video Taken For The First Time

The fifth-gen C-Class looks like it’ll share the same design language as the next S-Class.

Cadillac Will Build Second Round Of CT6-V, But You’ll Pay $4,000 More This Time

New buyers of the Cadillac CT6-V will have to part ways with at least $92,790.