Wankel fans, it’s time to celebrate! A new rotary engine is certainly in development by Mazda, and it will make its debut in two years under the hood of an all-new model.
Known internally as the 16X, the new rotary engine will be more fuel efficient than the one last offered in the RX-8 while offering more performance. The Japanese automaker is also working on ensuring the new motor doesn’t burn as much oil as before during high revs and hopes to give it a big torque upgrade.
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Over recent years, Mazda has been developing the SkyActiv family of engines and will be applying much of that technology to assist the new rotary engine in being fuel efficient while offering ample performance. Unfortunately no details on whether it’ll be naturally aspirated or turbocharged were offered. But at least the Japanese automaker is sticking to its traditions and looking to bring rotary engines into the future.
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