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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.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, japan, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra, Toyota Videos, video on 11 11th, 2017


Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many of Japan’s leading automakers built world-beating sports cars that were exceptionally fast, bewilderingly agile and in many ways, ahead of their European and American rivals.

Of all the iconic Japanese sports cars of the time, the first-generation Honda NSX, FD Mazda RX-7 and A80 Toyota Supra are among the most beloved. One fortunate YouTuber had the chance to jump behind the wheel of all three.

Despite all coming from Japan at roughly the same time, the Supra, NSX and RX-7 are all quite different from each other. Whereas the Supra is a straight-line warrior, the RX-7 is a more nimble and agile sports car powered by a high-revving rotary engine. By comparison, the NSX is the most exotic of the three, the only one that’s naturally-aspirated and the only one with its engine mounted behind passenger compartment.

If money wasn’t an issue and you could only buy one of the three, which would you choose?

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Mazda Confirms Rotary Engine Return In 2019 As A Range Extender 26
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Reports, Tech, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 26th, 2017


Mazda’s engine boss admitted that they are indeed going to bring back the rotary engine, only this time it will act as a range extender in an upcoming electric model slated for 2019.
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Mazda May Bring Back The Rotary Engine As An EV Range Extender 15
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports on 10 15th, 2017


The moment we've all been waiting for could be almost upon us – but not in the way we'd hoped.
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Mazda Officials Sort-of Confirm Working On New Rotary-Based Hybrid 5
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Reports, Tech on 09 5th, 2017


Another week, another report on Mazda’s return on making spinning-dorito engines: Mazda’s head of Technical Research Center reportedly confirmed the development of a new rotary-based electrified powertrain.
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Join A Quad-Turbo Mazda RX-7 IMSA On Hot Laps Around Laguna Seca 23
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, Motorsport, racing on 08 23rd, 2017


With the exception of a V12-powered Formula One car, few four-wheeled machines sound as good as a Mazda race car with a quad-rotor engine.
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Who’ll Be First To Drive This Untouched 1985 Mazda RX-7 Evo? 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Rally Cars on 08 7th, 2017


Mazda, it should come as no surprise, doesn't make the RX-7 anymore. It may again soon, if our prayers are answered, but until then, the chances of getting a factory-fresh rotary sports car are practically nil.

That would be enough to make the proposition presented here very tempting, but that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
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Seven Great Cars Ruined By Automakers’ Poor Decisions 29
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW M3, Ford Mustang, Mazda RX-7, Nissan 240SX - Silvia, Porsche-911, Toyota Supra, video on 07 29th, 2017


Each family has a black sheep, and the same can be said for cars that left their mark on the automotive world.
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RX-7 Crash Shows Why You Shouldn’t Use Drag Radials On The Street 8
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Drag-Racing, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, Offbeat News, video on 07 8th, 2017


Recently, the three-rotor Mazda RX-7 of Rob Dahm set a new rotary half-mile record. Unfortunately, the heavily-modified sports car was crashed just a matter of hours later.
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Rob Dahm’s Three-Rotor RX-7 Just Broke The Rotary Half-Mile Record 6
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Drag-Racing, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, tuning, video on 07 6th, 2017


Popular YouTuber Rob Dahm managed to break the half-mile speed record for rotary cars with his three-rotor Mazda RX-7. The highly modified Mazda managed to produce 835hp at the wheels on a dyno the week before and this was its first chance to prove its huge power out in the open.
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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


Mazda has a long and proud history of doing things differently from other automakers – a spirit manifested, among other ways, by its embrace of the rotary engine. But that unusual powertrain technology isn't just another unconventional choice for Mazda. It's at the core of its history, and has been for 50 years now.
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5 Classics You Can Buy Right Now For Under $5,000 23
May
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, mercedes, Mercedes 190E, Triumph, VW, VW Corrado on 05 23rd, 2017


We feel your pain. You see classic cars you'd love to drive, much less own, but you don't have the six or seven figures on hand to actually buy one. Well fortunately you don't need that much money to buy something you can enjoy.
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4-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Sounds Like The Famed 787B 27
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, tuning, video on 03 27th, 2017


With its 4-rotor engine, the Mazda 787B is rightfully considered one of the best sounding race cars in history.
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V8-Powered Mazda RX-7 Sends McLaren, Porsche And Lambo Back Home Crying 4
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 03 4th, 2017


Since the third-generation Mazda RX-7 can easily be characterized as a "sleeper" due to the fact that it weighs very little, giving it over 600 HP to play with is almost unfair, for its opponents.
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MADBUL Is A Mazda RX-7 FD With A 1970s RX-3 Face 27
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, tuning on 01 27th, 2017


Drifting sensation ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett is known for owning some rather impressive drifting machines, none more amazing than his Mazda RX-7 known as ‘MADBUL’.
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