At the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Mazda introduced the RX-Vision as a concept previewing its next rotary powered sports car. While details about the successor to the RX-7 and RX-8 are limited, it has been revealed that for the past eight years, 50 Mazda engineers have been working on updating and improving its iconic rotary engine.
The engine is currently codenamed 16X and has still yet to reach the company’s ambitious performance and power targets. Typically, rotary engines are not only less reliable than internal combustion engines but they also emit higher emissions and are less fuel efficient. Understandably, Mazda is dedicated to overcoming these issues and won’t launch the new engine until an efficient and powerful engine is created.
While recently speaking with Automotive News, Mazda chief executive Masamichi Kogai said through an interpreter that the new rotary engine won’t simply be the same as its previous ones.
“We have a dream that one day, this design with a rotary engine will achieve a level that customers will accept. We have rotary engine fans and they will not be satisfied if we have the same exact rotary engine from before.”
Kogai confirmed that Mazda doesn’t yet have a targeted time to launch the new rotary engine insisting that it won’t be launched until it is perfect.