PostHeaderIcon New Mazda RX Sports Car Could Come With A Turbocharged Rotary Engine

Rumors are meant to be debunked, and yet something about this doozy of a twist has us wishing it would come true. Apparently, there has been a lot of whispers coming out of Mazda surrounding the return of the company’s rotary engine. Now this isn’t the first time that such a rumor has come out, but according to Australian auto site Motoring, the unorthodox engine could be making a comeback to coincide with the return of an RX-badged sports car.

Without diving into any specifics, Mazda’s drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager Tetsushi Marutani told Motoring that the Japanese automaker is currently working on a new rotary engine that could be configured to come with a pair of turbochargers. Marutani-san notes that rotary engines don’t carry the same amount of low-speed torque as other engines. The idea of slapping on a turbocharger or two to the configuration could help it achieve the power level it needs for use on the new RX while also improving fuel economy.

The Mazda exec didn’t dive into the details of the engine, but a separate Mazda source indicated that Mazda is developing a 1.6-liter, hybrid, turbocharged, rotary engine that will make close to 450 horsepower. The hybrid setup would allow electric turbocharging to add power at low RPM levels while a traditional turbocharger would be used at high RPM levels.

Such a scenario addresses Marutani’s concerns and would make the new RX fit for the current climate of the industry, something Mazda knows will be important in determining how the new sports car will be received by the public.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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PostHeaderIcon New Mazda RX Sports Car Could Come With A Turbocharged Rotary Engine

Rumors are meant to be debunked, and yet something about this doozy of a twist has us wishing it would come true. Apparently, there has been a lot of whispers coming out of Mazda surrounding the return of the company’s rotary engine. Now this isn’t the first time that such a rumor has come out, but according to Australian auto site Motoring, the unorthodox engine could be making a comeback to coincide with the return of an RX-badged sports car.

Without diving into any specifics, Mazda’s drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager Tetsushi Marutani told Motoring that the Japanese automaker is currently working on a new rotary engine that could be configured to come with a pair of turbochargers. Marutani-san notes that rotary engines don’t carry the same amount of low-speed torque as other engines. The idea of slapping on a turbocharger or two to the configuration could help it achieve the power level it needs for use on the new RX while also improving fuel economy.

The Mazda exec didn’t dive into the details of the engine, but a separate Mazda source indicated that Mazda is developing a 1.6-liter, hybrid, turbocharged, rotary engine that will make close to 450 horsepower. The hybrid setup would allow electric turbocharging to add power at low RPM levels while a traditional turbocharger would be used at high RPM levels.

Such a scenario addresses Marutani’s concerns and would make the new RX fit for the current climate of the industry, something Mazda knows will be important in determining how the new sports car will be received by the public.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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