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Next Mazda RX to use rotary range-extender hybrid – report

November 28, 2013

The future of the Mazda rotary is still a bit up in the air at the moment. The latest we hear involves a rotary being used for an upcoming rear-wheel drive sports car with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Mazda SHINARI Concept

There have been various reports and rumours circulating in the recent past, with some company engineers confirming work is being done on a new rotary, while company executives have denied the development of such an engine.

Mazda did shelve plans to re-introduce a modern RX sports car a few years ago. According to a recent What Car? report in the UK, engineers are indeed working on a new unit, forming the basis of a BMW i8-rivalling sports car.

It won’t use a rotary in the traditional sense. Instead, a small capacity, compact and lightweight rotary is set to be used as a means of extending the range of a predominately electric hybrid powertrain. The combination is set to provide big torque figures with low emissions and consumption.

The car that it’s set to propel is believed to be a successor to the RX-8 only with a clear premium edge.

The car will apparently launch some time by 2018.

(SHINARI Concept shown)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.