The new Mazda rotary engine could be turbocharged, making a lot of dreams come true.
In a recent interview with Motoring, Mazda’s drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager, Tetsushi Marutani, shared his personal thoughts on the upcoming rotary engine: “Personally, I think that a rotary with some turbo or compressor would be good. Because a rotary, in my opinion, they require more low speed, low down torque. So if we have some small compressor or turbo, it would help.”
It’s a far cry from a confirmation that the new rotary engine from Mazda will be turbocharged, but it does bring hope that it’s likely under consideration.
The powertrain engineer declined to reveal when the new rotary engine will debut or how much power it will have, but did confirm that the Japanese automaker is working on a new rotary engine concept.
“We are still developing the new engines with rotary,” Marutani added. “So in the future we hope to release it, of course, yes. But it’s still under development. We can’t say anything about the [rotary] program; when, what type of vehicle, what is the horsepower, we can’t say anything about it yet.”