Rotary Engines on Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 Will Be Returning

Who needs pistons? Not a Mazda rotary engine!

Though Wankel rotary engines are unusual and difficult to design, in the right hands they can offer numerous advantages, including simplicity, smoothness, compactness, high revs per minute, and a high power-to-weight ratio.

Over the years, Mazda has become notorious as an expert in Wankel engines and has had substantial success with two-rotor, three-rotor, and four-rotor cars. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, the Mazda lineup has not featured a rotary-powered car since the RX-8 ceased production in 2012.

That may come soon to change, as Motoring has received details that would suggest not one but two new rotary-powered Mazda models on Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 models are coming by the end of the decade, the former in 2017 celebrating the birth of the rotary engine and the latter the automaker’s 100th anniversary, and the latter in 2020.

“We want to surprise everyone in 2017 with something special to celebrate the birth of rotary,” a senior Mazda executive told Motoring. “Then, to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday, we want to take it to another level in 2020.”

We look forward to them at Mazda of Lake Charles!

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