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Is This The Mazda RX-9 Mule We’ve Been Waiting For? 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Scoops, Scoops on 12 7th, 2017


A very suspicious-looking Mazda RX-8 was spotted around the Nurburgring, with our spies telling us that this is a mule powered by the company’s upcoming two-rotor turbo engine.

2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Wankel engine as well as the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s first application of the piston-less engine in Cosmo II, making it a good year for the company to bring the beloved spinning-dorito engine back to production.

However, the main question is which form will Mazda choose for the wankel engine in order to return. The company’s executives have said in the past that the specific technology will return in the role of a range-extender generator as part of a new electrified powertrain.

Our spies however saw Mazda engineers benchmarking a Porsche Cayman against their test mule on the Nurburgring, indicating at a much sportier reincarnation of the rotary technology.

Some reports say that the new rotary engine will be a turbocharged 1.6-liter two-rotor unit with around 400hp, while others talk about a hybrid rotary powertrain with as much as 450hp.

The final production car is expected to tip the scales at around 1,300kg, making use of Mazda’s expertise in lightweight vehicles while the design will be inspired by the jaw-dropping RX-Vision concept.

Is this real? Are we finally going to get a new rotary sports car? Stay tuned for more info as we have them.

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Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 10 15th, 2017


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Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports, Tech on 09 5th, 2017


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Aug
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Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda RX-8, NHTSA, Recalls on 06 8th, 2017


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Mazda’s Recalling 100,000 RX-8s In Two Campaigns 8
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda RX-8, NHTSA, Recalls on 06 8th, 2017


When news arrives about the Mazda RX-8, we sit up and take notice. That's how eager we are to see the rotary-powered sports car return. Unfortunately while this latest development does indeed involve that model, it's not the news we've been waiting for.
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Mazda Started Producing Rotary Engines 50 Years Ago, Now It’s Time For Another [w/40 Pics + Video] 30
May
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Videos, video on 05 30th, 2017


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Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Engine Swaps, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, renault, Renault Twingo, tuning, used cars on 03 12th, 2017


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Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Recalls, USA on 11 15th, 2016


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Mad Mike Conquers South Africa’s Stunning Franschhoek Pass In Mazda RX-8 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Videos, Red Bull, south-africa, video on 10 11th, 2016


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Mad Mike Drifts His ‘Bad Bull’ 812HP Mazda RX8 Up The Hillclimb 24
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Goodwood, Mazda, Mazda RX-8, Red Bull, tuning, video on 06 24th, 2016


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Mazda Still Not Committed To Resurrecting The RX-7 18
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda Concepts, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 04 18th, 2016


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Apr
Posted by John Halas in BMW 5-Series, Classics, Editors Choice, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z, Pontiac GTO, Porsche Boxster, used cars on 04 15th, 2016


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Mazda’s Future Rotary Engine Set For Turbocharging 8
Feb
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 02 8th, 2016


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Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Renderings on 11 20th, 2015


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