Why The Hell Won't Mazda Confirm Or Deny A New Rotary Engine?

2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Mazda's president continues stoking the embers at Frankfurt.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: There’s still a chance that Mazda could bring back the rotary engine. Autocar spoke with Mazda president Masamichi Kogai at the Frankfurt Motor Show and he said that a team is working “very enthusiastically” to bring rotary tech up to par with current piston engines. Hurray, right? Not so fast, RX fanboys. Kogai went on to state that the engine wouldn’t be making a comeback unless it could match the standards of conventional engines. Basically, Mazda won’t just do it to do it.

So, it looks like more of the same from Mazda. Yes, the idea of a new rotary engine is still alive internally but there’s still no timeline for the debut of a car powered by it. Autocar does note that the automaker has been experimenting with using the engine in other ways, such as a hybrid’s range extender. This makes us wonder if Mazda would debut a new RX sports car without a rotary as the engine may never get off the ground. Would such a thing even be an RX in your opinion or an abomination? Let us know in the comments.

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