Next Mazda RX Model May Come with a Turbocharged Rotary Engine

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What’s better than a rotary engine? A turbocharged rotary engine, of course! And of all the automakers out there, you can already guess which one is most likely to deliver that kind of automotive motivation: Mazda.

The high-revving rotary Wankel engine used to be something of a specialty for the Japanese automaker; in fact, it still is, though Mazda hasn’t built any since 2012 other than for single seater racing.  We haven’t seen this kind of engine outside of the racing world for Mazda in a while.

That might be about to change, though. Mazda has been dropping hints about a new rotary-powered sports car for a while now, which would be the first it produces since the RX-8. However, it hasn’t made a turbocharged rotary-powered car since the RX-7.

Rumored specs include a two-rotor layout, a 1.6-liter displacement, a two-stage electric turbo and hybrid powertrain, and a total output of 450 horsepower. All of those sound like excellent numbers to us at Mazda of Lake Charles. Let’s hope they build it!

What do you think?  Would you be interested in a Mazda model that comes with a Turbocharged Rotary Engine?

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