Mazda hints turbocharged rotary engine for RX revival

Mazda has dropped a hint concerning the prospects of installing a turbocharger on the company’s upcoming rotary engine.

The RX-VISION concept unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was basically Mazda’s exciting way of saying a new RX model is on the horizon. With this concept, the company also announced development of a SKYACTIV-R rotary engine, but without providing any sort of details. Now, drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager Tetsushi Marutani talked a little bit about the new engine.

He believes a rotary engine requires more torque at lower speeds and a turbocharger would represent the best solution to have more torque early in the rpm range. While this doesn’t necessarily mean the new rotary engine will indeed be turbocharged, it’s a sign that Mazda’s engineers are seriously considering a turbo.

Tetsushi Marutani did not want to disclose any technical specifications about the new RX-badged Mazda, but previous rumors indicated a twin 800-cc (1.6-liter) displacement and more than 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts).

The RX revival could come out next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the rotary engine or in 2020 when the company will celebrate its centenary. Mazda’s drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager said these celebrations will include the introduction of new technologies, including new engines, gearboxes, and an all-wheel-drive system. In other words, expect a great deal of novelties in the years to come from the company that came up with the lovely KODO design language.


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