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A rotary may come, but it might not be what you're hoping for.

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Think Mazda2 RE Range Extender

There's evidence that it will happen.

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Mazda's still keeping the rotary flame alive

It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so.

Opinion

That might be wishful thinking, but here are some other great possible outcomes.

And like any dream, it probably won't be there when we wake up.

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Design could improve rotary's weaknesses of fuel economy, emissions.

We previously saw similar tech in a Mazda2 rotary hybrid.

Opinion

The rotary sportscar you want probably isn't coming any time soon, but it's in Mazda's interest to lead you on.

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Mazda's drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager wants the company's revived rotary engine to be turbocharged.

The rotor exists to send power from your ignition coil over to your spark plugs – which make sure that your plugs ignite to start the fuel combustion process.

Most cars you see on the road have a traditional piston engine under the hood.

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For the last eight years, a dedicated team of 50 engineers at Mazda have been working with a small budget to bring the rotary engine back.

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Jay Leno gets to experience one of Mercedes' most interesting vintage concepts on the road with a drive in the 1970 C111-II concept.

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Autocar is the latest with another rumor about a Mazda RX-7 revival, saying Mazda is planning something "significant" for its 100th anniversary in 2020. Reading between the vague lines, however, we wouldn't get our hopes up.

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Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel engine mounted in the rear. Now, Australian auto site Motoring reports that the PHEV may actually make production in the next-gen Mazda2 sometime after it's initial launch.

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We have some very sad news to report, rotor-heads fans: Don't expect a new rotary-powered vehicle anytime soon. This comes straight from Masamichi Kogai, the CEO of Mazda, which is the only company to ever market a commercially successful rotary-powered automobile in the world. The issue, as it has pretty much always been, is environmental.

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Ah, the Wankel. You magnificent, high-reving feat of unorthodox engineering. Your biggest champion, Mazda, may have left you – at least for the moment – but that doesn't mean some mad mechanics can't rally you and a few friends for a high-horsepower party.

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Fear not, rotaryphiles. According to a report from The Detroit News, Mazda isn't giving up on the rotary engine anytime soon. Though the RX-8 is headed for the production guillotine, Mazda execs have apparently confirmed that engineers are working on a more efficient and more powerful version of the Wankel. While the project was technically back-burnered during the economic downturn, the research wasn't canned outright. That means that there's a chance that the rotary could make a comeback. What

Renesis rotary engine in 2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Renesis rotary engine in 2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda isn't the only company out there working on the next-generation rotary engine. According to China Car Times, Chery is also dabbling in Wankel technology. The company isn't so much interested in bringing non-piston love to The People's Republic so much as they are finding a more efficient way to charge the batteries in an extended-range EV. If CCT's intelligence is accurate, the plan is to use an 800cc Wankel as a sort of internal-combustion lifeline so that if an electric car's batteries g

Mazda isn't the only company out there working on the next-generation rotary engine. According to China Car Times, Chery is also dabbling in Wankel technology. The company isn't so much interested in bringing non-piston love to The People's Republic so much as they are finding a more efficient way to charge the batteries in an extended-range EV. If CCT's intelligence is accurate, the plan is to use an 800cc Wankel as a sort of internal-combustion lifeline so that if an electric car's batteries g