Mazda’s Official Magazine Says Rotary Could Soon Make A Comeback

Mazda has kept us guessing about the future of the rotary engine throughout the past two years, seemingly jumping back and forth between planning a future with the powertrain and without it.

At March’s Geneva Motor Show, the automaker hinted it could launch an EV with a rotary range extender and hopes of a new rotary-powered model have been renewed following the fall publication of Mazda’s official magazine, Zoom-Zoom.

In the latest issue, Mazda hints that the rotary engine could be on the cusp of returning and could launch as the sole propulsion system for a new model, act as a range extender or be modified to run on hydrogen.

“The rotary may indeed be on the verge of a comeback. As the primary power source, it may be comparatively thirstier as revs rise and fall and loads vary. But at constant and optimal rpm, such as experienced by a generator, it is ideal,” the magazine reads.

“Little wonder that Mazda has experimented with using these delightfully small engines — one-third the size of a conventional petrol or diesel engine — as on-board power generators, or ‘range extenders’. There are other future possibilities. Rotary engines can run superbly on hydrogen, the universe’s most abundant element. It’s also very clean: combusting hydrogen produces only water vapour.”

The company is continuing to keep its cards close to its chest, even in these latest comments and is clearly attempting to build hype for an announcement in the near future. Some say a global rotary gathering will be held in September where all will be revealed about Mazda’s rotary future.

While many would love to see a new rotary sports car, you shouldn’t get your hopes up just yet.

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  • Six_Tymes

    this is perfection. MAZDA, PLEASE Make this EXACTLY as seen

    • Infinite1

      This was their next RX concept back in 2016.

      • Eythan Aldrich

        you mean 2015?

  • enthusia

    I feel like every other month they confirm that its either dead or in development. They flip flop more than the footwear of the same name.
    But I never give up hope 🤞🏽🙏🏽

    • Bo Hanan

      Let the rotary engine die already. The last two (RX-8 & RX-7TT) were unreliable crap.
      The nostalgia isn’t worth the ownership cost.

      • pureworx

        they were actually quite reliable as long as you kept in mind that over time the seals get worn out.

        i had an rx7 and a friend had an rx8 as long as you run them properly they are reliable. as in let them cool down properly before switchin the engine off, can help prevent the warping the enclosure sometimes suffers from and causes hot start problems.

  • Honda NSX-R

    A rumor says Mazda is making a rotary sports car, and then Mazda rejects it. Who knows what the hell is going on in the Mazda headquarters.

    • Grumpy

      Exactly. This news has been on and off for a few years.
      I rather them make a 7 speed to replace the 6 or a 2.0 turbo for the cx-5 mazda6 and the speed3.

  • Mark S

    You go Lil-Mazda!

  • SteersUright

    Thank goodness one company is doing innovative research outside of convention gas and diesel engines. Amazing that its a tiny company like Mazda though. Good for them, they impress on so many levels lately.

  • INTERESTING.

  • Bash

    Rotary engines are their trade mark or their thing… i think they should stick to it.

  • Nordschleife

    I find it amazing that most people just want a Mazda with a turbo and instead of just giving the people (most people) what they want. You want to sink resources in a new rotary engine. Crazy.

  • thunder bolt

    Please die.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      no.

  • I’ve never owned a car with such an engine, but doesn’t the rotary use bucket loads of oil? I wonder if thats improved. Personally, I think I’d prefer to stick my R&D cash into improving an EV’s range by other methods. But hopefully Mazda can make this work.

    • pureworx

      yes a rotary can be a bit heavy on oil, but its worth it.. and as for the application of burning hydrogen in a rotary, it is a lot more controllable to do that than burn hydrogen in a piston engine.

  • Auto

    Mazda, I will give you my KIDNEY if you make this.

  • getoffme

    I’ll believe when I see it Mazda. Otherwise, YAWN.

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