Mazda clings to rotary engine

Mazda clings to rotary engine

Mazda shows rotary-powered RX concept car.

Mazda clings to rotary engine - could a rotary powered RX-7 be on the horizon?

Despite reports that Mazda had walked away from the technology for good it appears the brand still can’t, or won’t, give up on the rotary engine.

A regular sight under the bonnet of Mazda models in the 1970’s and 80’s, the rotary engine was eventually dumped by Mazda after they were unable to make the technology, which dates back to World War Two Germany, efficient enough to meet today’s emissions standards.

But Mazda has continued to spend money on further technical advancement of the rotary and have taken the opportunity to pop a modern rotary, known as the SKYACTIV-R, into the new Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept being shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda tell us the RX-VISION, which is seen as a genuine pointer to a future revival of the famous RX-7, represents a vision of the future that they hope to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car powered by a rotary engine.

Mazda President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai, says the rotary engine features all the latest Mazda engine technology.

“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said

“Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”

We will keep you updated. In other Mazda news; Mazda2 Sedan lands in Australia and 2016 Mazda BT50 now in Australian dealerships.

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