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2011 Mazda MX-5 to use rotary power?


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One of the greatest, if not the best roadster to ever come out of Japan is the focus of a few rumors. The next-generation Mazda MX-5 could weigh around 2,200 pounds and be able to manage 50 miles per gallon without losing any horsepower. While most people already know about these numbers and the new SKY-G engine, Best Car Japan is reporting that the SKY-G may not be getting the job.

The Japanese magazine reports that the 2010 Mazda Miata will be getting the old fashioned rotary engine. The 1.2-liter or 1.3-liter will also help keep the cars weight down. What makes us question this rumor is the rotary engine’s past. These motors have been less than fuel-efficient over the years so it seems a bit strange that it would be able to get 50 mpg.

We think that the new rotary will be paired with a hybrid, like we find in the Fiat 500 prototype by FEV . That car has a rotary motor that acts as a generator for a lithium-ion battery pack.

While all this talk is fun, we put all our chips in favor of a four-cylinder with a turbo. This will help keep the cars price down and the fun at an all time high.

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7 comments:

Well, its for the Miata! That model is for a senior driver for most of the buyers are the old ones. So, definitely this car doesn’t need a higher speed performance. BTW, the scenarion would be different from the MX-5

Though Miata uses a rotary engine. Well, we need to admit that this model has been quite a successful brand. And mind you, this car has made a record for high selling car of the year I think they have break their own record for half million buyers!

Also came here to say that Best Car is full of crap, but I still wish for a more powerful Miata. Only reason why I won’t consider one for now is lack of power. At least make a MazdaSpeed Miata or something with either the RX-8 or Speed3 engine, now that will kick ass.

agree.. but why in the world they are giving the MX5 a rotary engine? do they want it to have a high-rev engine? they better use the MPS3 turbo engine.

huh? isn’t that the rotary engine of the mazda didn’t passed on the EuroNap? so why are they going to use a rotary engine to the MX5?

rotary engine has been known for lack of durability and expensive replacement parts.

Drop in the RX-8’s engine if it will fit.

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