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Mazda 16X rotary engine two years away, will arrive in all-new model

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 16th, 2013

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Mazda Renesis

We last reported on Mazda‘s next-generation rotary engine project in June of 2012 when the automaker built its last Renesis-powered RX-8, but rumors of this new engine’s development had been around way before that final car left the production line in Japan, last year.

We now have enthusiastic confirmation that this next-gen rotary engine is really and truly going forward. It is still referred to as 16X and has several priorities. First is to lower fuel consumption compared to the RX-8’s engine, while still making gains in terms of performance. The second is to reduce the burning of oil that was happening at the highest revs. And the third and final priority, and perhaps most key for enthusiasts, is to give the powertrain a big torque upgrade.

What we were told by a Mazda USA insider (while we are all here together at the festivities in Monterey) is that the first application of the new 16X engine will be happening in two years’ time in an as yet undisclosed new model. Oh, the mind races to our eternal Mazda wish list…

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Mazda 16X rotary engine two years away, will arrive in all-new model originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 14th, 2012

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Mazda Raceway

Mazda and the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula have extended the automaker’s naming rights of Laguna Seca for another five years. That means the famous race track in California will continue to be known as Mazda Raceway, at least through 2016. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors ratified the agreement.

The Japanese manufacturer has been instrumental in updating and improving Laguna Seca to make the facility more convenient and safer than before. Mazda helped fund additions like permanent pit lane garages and luxury hospitality suites as well as additional runoff areas on the track itself. Mazda first partnered up with SCRAMP in 2001, but the company says its ties to the track go all the way back to the ’70s, when the brand was little-known here the States. Scroll down below for the full press release.

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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 May 2012 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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