Have We Seen the Last of the Mazda Rotary Engine?


Many people contemplating purchasing the Mazda CX9, BT50 or even the MX5 may have been hoping for an announcement about the reintroduction of the rotary engine. However, when speaking at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, CEO and president of Mazda, Masamichi Kogai denied that there were any plans for the Wankel engine to make an appearance in the current models.

The engine was best known as a remarkably efficient engine system used in the RX7 and RX8 models. These models were discontinued as late as 2012, but while Kogai denies any plans to use the engine in model designs in the near future, he did confirm that the engine system has not been forgotten and will not be killed off.

The unique engine layout of the Wankel is considered to be an integral element of the heritage of Mazda. It was first introduced in 1967 Cosmo. The company then used the engine design on the R100 and RX2, 3 and 4. However, the Wankel engine is most commonly associated with the RX7 lightweight sports car. This provided a unique balance of aesthetic style, great performance with superb fuel economy. The Mazda brand produced over two million rotary engine powered cars from 1967 until the discontinuation of the RX8 in 2012.

Mazda have suggested that this will be considered for future design projects. This could allow the company to fully explore further development of the engine system and expand the potential of this revolutionary engine layout. The rotary engine is low noise, compact and versatile enough to accommodate a range of different fuels. This could be the key reason why it may appear on future models, perhaps in hatchback models such as the Mazda 6 or even in the SUV range like the Mazda CX9. However, cost is likely to play a major role in the viability of using the rotary engine as production costs will need to remain as low as possible.

With Mazda suffering several years of losses, there has been much focus and business restructuring to allow the company to recently declare a profitable year. This is thanks in part to large volume sales of more economical models such as the Mazda 3 and popular versatile models such as the Mazda CX9 and CX5.

However, we may see the rotary engine design used for something other than motoring. There has been recent speculation that the configuration could be considered to provide generator power for outdoor events, farms and even emergency services.

According to Takashi Suzuki, development manager at Mazda, the rotary engine system is compact and could be made into a suitable mobile power generator. While there are many electric generator models available on the marketplace, no mobile generator system can produce similar levels of power as are produced by the rotary engine. This could mean that while you may not find a rotary engine on the new Mazda CX9, it could find its way into leisure and safety uses around the world.

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