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  • Teaser for Mazda electric SUV debuting at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

    Mazda's first EV could see the return of a rotary engine as a range extender.

  • Mazda Vision Coupe concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Patent shows Mazda working on new rear-wheel-drive platform, possibly for the RX-9

    A patent filing in Japan suggests Mazda may be working on a rear-wheel-drive platform, possibly for the RX-9.

  • 3D-printed rotary engine from Engineering Explained
    Dive into this 3D-printed rotary engine

    If you've ever wondered what makes up the famed rotary engine from Mazda, now is the chance to dive in. Engineering Explained showed off an incredible 3D-printed rotary engine scale model, and host Jason Fenske walks us through what makes the peculiar powertrain tick. Specifically, this is a...

  • 2019 Mazda 3
    Mazda CEO: No plan for Mazdaspeed 3, rotary sports car

    Mazda on Wednesday unveiled a stylish new generation of its popular 3 hatchback and sedan but fans pining for a high-performance Mazdaspeed version are set for disappointment. Speaking to Drive at the reveal of the new 3 at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto said the company...

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    Mazda confirms rotary range extender for upcoming EV

    Mazda is bringing back the rotary engine, but not as we know it. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday used the backdrop of the 2018 Paris auto show to confirm plans for a rotary range extender in a future electric car. Mazda said it is working on two EVs and one will feature a small, lightweight and...

  • Kenichi Yamamoto, father of Mazda's rotary engine
    Father of Mazda's rotary engine has passed away

    Kenichi Yamamoto, the man behind Mazda's iconic rotary engine, has passed away at the age of 95, Japanese Nostalgic Car reported on Monday. Yamamoto wasn't only the man behind the brand's rotary engine, but he also helped ensure Mazda's future in the aftermath of World War II. After co-managing an...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

    Mazda is committed to the rotary’s revival. That much is clear. Where we’ll see the engine end up is a completely different story, however. It’s safe to assume that Mazda originally wanted to introduce a new rotary in a sports car. The RX-Vision concept unveiled two years ago is a clear indication of those plans. However, senior Mazda executives on a number of occasions have made it clear that getting the rotary to meet emissions standards is proving a challenge. It’s why we recently learned that Mazda is likely to use the rotary initially as a range-extender for an...

  • Mazda Vision Coupe concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda engineer drops more hints about rotary range-extender

    Mazda continues to tease us with a rotary engine, which last found a home in a production vehicle in the 2012 RX-8 sports car. At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, neither of the brand's gorgeous concepts housed a rotary engine, but managing executive officer Mitsuo Hitomi, who oversees engine...

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    Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec

    Mazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda promises evolution of RX-Vision concept for 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    A top Mazda executive has confirmed plans for the unveiling of a new concept described as an evolution of the stunning RX-Vision sports car concept. The RX-Vision was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The new concept will be unveiled at this year’s show which will take place in late...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda execs continue to tease future rotary without any more details

    Despite its recent breakthrough in sparkless ignition gasoline engines, Mazda has no plans to abandon the rotary engine which its executives insist is still being developed for future applications. “We’re still continuing development of the next-generation rotary engine,” Mazda...

  • 50 years of Mazda rotary cars
    Mazda marks 50 years of rotary cars

    It was 50 years ago today that Mazda unveiled its first rotary-powered car to the world. The car was the Cosmo 110S sports car which made its debut at the 1967 Tokyo auto show. It was Mazda’s first sports car, and all the more newsworthy because the automaker up till then had only been known...

  • Rotary-powered 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Jay Leno's Garage

    You never know what's going to turn up at Jay Leno's Garage. Leno is a fan of Wankel rotary engines and has featured a couple on the show in vehicles like a Mazda Cosmo 110S and a modified 1973 RX-3. This time, though, he featured a rotary engine in something a bit more unorthodox. This 1966 Volkswagen Beetle is unlike any other and, no, we're not talking about the racing stripe and bright blue paint. It's powered by a turbocharged rotary engine out of a 1990 Mazda RX-7. Coupled to a modified version of the Beetle's original transmission. It was built by Mario Markakis who claims the rotary...

  • Four reasons why the rotary engine is currently dead
    Four reasons why the rotary engine is currently dead

    Mazda's misunderstood Wankel rotary engine is among the most respected—and maligned—powertrain designs ever, as Engineering Explained's Jason Fenske points out in this especially informative video. With his knack for making even the most complicated subjects approachable, Jason tells us...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda’s New Rotary To Arrive With Turbocharging, Not Electrification: Report

    At the recent 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda rolled out a stunning sports car concept powered by a rotary engine said to be more fuel efficient than any previous rotary design. Unfortunately, no technical details were revealed for the engine, which has adopted Mazda’s SkyActiv moniker for...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda RX-Vision concept hints at next rotary engine

    Mazda today unveiled the RX-Vision concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and it points to the return of the rotary engine. The low-slung sports car is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat coupe that showcases the latest version of Mazda's Kodo design language. CHECK OUT: Mercedes-Benz...

  • Teaser for new Mazda sports car concept debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda Confirms Development Of New Rotary, Will Preview It In Tokyo Concept

    Mazda has been hinting at a new rotary for pretty much the last decade yet it seems that we’re still no closer to seeing the unique, Wankel-designed engine fitted to one of the automaker’s cars. The last rotary-powered Mazda was the RX-8, which bowed out of production back in 2012...

  • Teaser for new Mazda sports car concept debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda Teases New Sports Car Concept Ahead Of 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

    Mazda may be close to confirming plans for an all-new, rotary-powered sports car to fill the void left by the RX-8 which bowed out of production in 2012. The Japanese automaker today released a single teaser shot of a new sports car concept that makes its debut late next month at the 2015 Tokyo...

  • Jay Leno Drives RX-7-Powered 1973 Mazda RX3

    If Jay Leno waits around a parking lot so he can talk to you about your car, rest assured, you've done a hell of a job with it. And that's exactly what happened here. ALSO SEE: The Inner Workings Of The Turbocharger Explained: Video Leno intercepted Savant Young, the owner of this stellar 1973 Mazda RX-3, outside the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. There, the famous gearhead learned that while the gorgeous gray coupe sports a rotary engine, the original mill has been swapped in favor of a unit from a second generation RX-7. Extensive mods, including a bridge-ported intake, mean the...

  • Rotary Engine Explained
    The Rotary Engine's Inner Mysteries Explained: Video

    While Motor Authority has written plenty about the rotary, or Wankel, engine over the years, our stories have generally gone in two distinct directions. The first flavor cites either official sources or informed—and hopeful—speculation to debate the question of whether Mazda will ever...

  • Six-rotor race engine spits flames
    This 6-Rotor Wankel Is The Soundtrack Of Hell

    What’s better than two rotors? Four! And what’s better than four rotors? SIX! DON’T MISS: Mad Mike Details His 1,200-HP 4-Rotor Miata Engine Build: Video That’s about all there is to this video of a beastly race-built six-rotor Wankel engine running on a stand. It was built...

  • Mad Mike Mazda Drift Car
    Mad Mike Details His 1,200-HP 4-Rotor Miata Engine Build: Video

    Factory support in motorsports is a wonderful thing. Doors open up for you, money is easier to come by and, more importantly to racers, the parts start flowing like a wonderful river of power and noise. MUST SEE: Mansory Just Made Its First Good Car: A 1,000-HP Mercedes-Benz S-Class That's...

  • 1999 Mazda RX-7
    Report: Mazda rotary sports car concept coming in 2017, production version in 2020

    Recently, we heard Mazda was planning to launch not one but two rotary-powered sports cars within the decade. The first was to launch in 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cosmo Sport, Mazda’s first rotary-powered car, while the second was to arrive in 2020 to mark the...

  • 1999 Mazda RX-7
    No New RX Sports Car Without A Rotary, Says Mazda Design Chief

    There are probably few cars hinted at more via official channels than a new generation of the Mazda RX-7, but despite the rumors going back more than half a decade it feels like we’re still no closer to ever seeing a new rotary-powered sports car being launched by Mazda. The last we heard is...

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