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    Mazda: Rotary Lives, No V6, and Miata's Future

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    April 17, 2012

    Car & Driver recently spoke with Robert Davis, Mazda’s senior vice president of U.S. Operations about the future of the rotary engine, V6, and the Miata.

    With the Rotary engine, Davis said to expect the technologies seen on the Skyactiv Mazda3 and CX-5 for a revived rotary. Those technologies include reduced internal friction, reduced rotating mass, and more-efficient transmissions. Mazda is also looking at using the Rotary as a way to drive an electric motor.

    Davis also talked about the future of the V6 at the Mazda. Currently, two vehicles have a V6, the Mazda6 and CX-9 crossover. When the two vehicles enter their next generation, both will likely go with four-cylinders only, which means the V6 engine has a murky future.

    Car & Driver also pressed Davis about the next Miata. Davis didn't say much we didn't already know. When asked whether or not Mazda would build anything like the Miata Spyder and Super20 concepts, Davis responded,

    “We would love to. Pay attention: There are some special editions coming that I think your readers will like.”

    Source: Car & Driver

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    No more V6 in the future, Rotory to power electric motors. This might be a bet on everything going hybrid or it could be the warning bell that the future for Mazda is Dim and the light could go out to being a history note only.

    Personally, I think Mazda will not be here in 10 years unless some moron company buys them up for the patents and keeps them going till they are folded into the other company.

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    honestly the rotary motors are just iffy to me. simple yes but at the end of the day they seem gimmicky. sure the rx8's have been terrorizing their class in the le mans series but outside of that they dont really do much. whats the mpg vs a traditional v6 or even 4cyl these days. the power from them doesnt seem that impressive either.

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    honestly the rotary motors are just iffy to me. simple yes but at the end of the day they seem gimmicky. sure the rx8's have been terrorizing their class in the le mans series but outside of that they dont really do much. whats the mpg vs a traditional v6 or even 4cyl these days. the power from them doesnt seem that impressive either.

    Very true and do not forget the lack of any real Torque.

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