A senior Mazda executive has shared some juicy details about the highly anticipated revival of the rotary engine and RX reboot.

A senior Mazda executive has shared some juicy details about the highly anticipated revival of the rotary engine and RX reboot.

Update:

Rumors about Mazda's plans to resurrect the rotary engine in an all-new RX model keep coming back so there has to be some truth in them, especially since this time a Mazda executive is being cited. Sometime in 2017 we should expect to see a new rotary-driven concept which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first rotary-powered Mazda, the 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S.

The concept will be more than just for show as a production version will come out in 2020 and will likely be commercialized with the "RX-9" moniker. The car will be powered by an all-new twin-rotor 16X engine rather than keeping the 1.3-liter Renesis rotary motor of the defunct RX-8. With an estimated output of 450 bhp (335 kW), the engine will benefit from a two-stage turbo system featuring an "electric turbo assist" function activated in the low rpm range while the regular exhaust-driven turbo will kick in at higher rpm levels.

Thanks to this hardware setup, the rotary engine's main three problems will be resolved: excessive oil use, high fuel consumption & emissions as well as poor mid-range torque. In addition, the Mazda RX-9 will benefit from 2016 MX-5's lightweight construction combined with several carbon fiber components which will enable the model to weigh approximately 1,280 kg (2,822 lbs).

Note: Mazda RX-9 render by Alex Hodge pictured

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