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.


Source: Best Car Japan via 7Tune

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  (504) posted on 05.27.2011

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

  (570) posted on 05.27.2011

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!

  (221) posted on 12.3.2010

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.

  (808) posted on 06.21.2010

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.

  (417) posted on 06.20.2010

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?

  (379) posted on 06.17.2010

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

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.17.2010

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

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