There are often reports and rumors that circle the web, feeding off hopes, dreams, and the endless Ouroboros cycle of news, fan forums, and enthusiast sites. Some make the grade, and others don't. Today we have one that sits somewhere between: a rotary, hybrid next-gen MX-5.
The story: Best Car, the Japanese enthusiast magazine, has let it "leak" that Mazda is planning to shovel a 1.2-liter or 1.3-liter rotary engine into the next MX-5, or Roadster as it's known in its home market. The twist? A hybrid drivetrain linked up with it.
While the hybrid sports car fad in Japan appears to be taking off, the rest of the story doesn't really hold together: the MX-5/Roadster has never been a rotary from the factory; Mazda has just invested immense time and effort in developing its new SKY-G engines; a new RX-7/RX-8 replacement is expected soon to fill precisely this slot; and the expense, weight and complexity of it all would push the car well outside the MX-5's intended market.
In other words: we don't think so. What do you think? Have an inside line on the next MX-5? Or just a good argument for your position? Let us know below.
[Best Car via 7Tune]