The fact that Mazda is well into their plans to terminate the current RX-8 sports car is common knowledge at this point. However, if eliminating their only rotary-powered vehicle is in the works, why is the company still working on their Wankel engine?

There are whispers fluttering around that Mazda may be working on a new sports car model with the help of none other than Audi. Audi just released their A1 hatchback-based e-tron concept, which features a 254cc Wankel range-extender located beneath the trunk floor, so these latest rumors suggest that the two will be getting into bed together on a new rotary sports car featuring similar technology.

Mazda’s next sports car was originally thought to be the RX-9, but recent news has gotten people thinking that Mazda may be working on a successor to the RX-7 instead. Whichever model they choose to roll with, Inside Line is reporting that Mazda’s next rotary sports car will hopefully achieve just 130 g/km of CO2 compared to the 299 g/km of the current RX-8. Other features of the new sports car may include micro-hybrid technology, auto stop/start, lightweight materials, and laser ignition - which eliminates the use of spark plugs, ultimately making it easier to seal the Wankel’s trochoidal combustion chamber for improved efficiency and reduced hydrocarbon emissions.

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Source: Inside Line

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14 comments:

  (442) posted on 08.3.2011

Agreed. The styling of the car is kind of impressive and sporty. I wonder if this car is already in the production? It seems to be a fuel economical vehicle.

  (600) posted on 08.3.2011

The combination of the Mazda and Audi are similar to a McLaren! The car look so sporty though I wonder on what will be its speed performance?

  (570) posted on 07.6.2011

For me I like this production for its design is quite different from their usual platform!I wonder if this concept can be seen on future production or not?

  (429) posted on 07.6.2011

I wonder if the production of this car is existing today? Both car manufacturer have different model to released and i guess this would be a ground for there rivalry.

  (570) posted on 06.24.2011

Can’t wait to witness its collaboration. I am thinking who will be in charge in the production and promotions. Both has a good reputation and will have a higher chance to be recognize as great car partners in the industry.

  (488) posted on 06.17.2011

That is one of biggest collaboration to be made by two top names in the industry. I never thought that Mazda has this kind of vision to extend their line outside their production units.

  (858) posted on 06.17.2011

So what’s Audi supposed to get from this one if it is indeed true? The company already has so many cars in the same line as the one that Mazda intends to develop.

  (762) posted on 06.16.2011

I really don’t see the point why Mazda releases such an odd production like RX-8. If they eliminate it then choose to developa rotary sports car with Audi, well that’s the best idea they have to grab.

  (453) posted on 06.16.2011

I think this is the project that Mazda executives are mentioning a few months back. Hopefully, this one is indeed going to be true, since I am really aching to see a new Mazda sports car.

  (518) posted on 06.16.2011

hmm. At last! The ugliest production model will be soon eliminated!

Hey guys! I wan to see the real successor of the RX-7! BTW, I ’m a bit doubtful about the reliability of rotary cars!

  (807) posted on 06.16.2011

Well, I do hope that they will not focus only in building a fuel economy cars but I think they should consider the look as well. The car in the picture above look so unappealing to me.

  (52) posted on 06.15.2011

Yeah, this is not bad too....
Imagine a RX-8 has a S5 perfomance in stock setting...lol...

Just imagining...haha

  (378) posted on 06.15.2011

Well, let’s just see what they would be able to come up with. But I really think that it was a good idea for Mazda to team up with Audi, since they both have the experience to build this kind of car.

  (502) posted on 06.15.2011

Well now, this one would definitely be quite interesting. If this one is indeed true, then we definitely will have an interesting wait ahead of us. Hope they would confirm it soon.

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