Report: Mazda may revive rotary engines

Report: Mazda may revive rotary engines image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mazda | posted July 03, 2015 15:13

'RX-9' concept could appear by 2017

Mazda is reportdly working on a rotary engine powered sports coupe. Rumors of a Mazda sports coupe have been floating around since 2012 in an official document called Mazda Technology 2012. The document revealed three model derivatives which became the Mazda 6 sedan and wagon. The unknown third model sparked rumors of a sports car revival at Mazda.

A source at Mazda initially told Motoring Australia the third derivative will be a two door version of the Mazda 6. An update reveals that the coupe will be an independent model of the Mazda 6 but will share the mid-size sedan's platform. The Mazda insider said “It would sit on a heavily reinforced version of the Mazda6’s platform, but calibrated for rear-wheel drive”

There is a strong possibility that it may appear in concept form by 2017. Mazda has also registered the names RX-7 and RX-9 in the Japanese trademark office. Coincidentally, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mazda Cosmo Sport, the company's first rotary coupe which was launched in 1967. A production model may appear by 2020, coinciding with Mazda's 100th anniversary.

The possibility of a rotary engined Mazda varies within the company. Mazda president Masamichi Kogai said last November that all plans are on hold while Mazda's global marketing chief Masahiro Moro said development work on rotary engines continues.

Source: Motoring Australia