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Automotive News: 16x isn't ready
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 4:01pm

/Source:Automotive News/ The next-generation rotary engine from Mazda Motors isn't ready. The engine, unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo show under the code name 16X, was planned as the power plant for the next-generation RX-8 sports car to be launched in 2012.

Seita Kanai, head of Mazda research and development, said the engine does not meet the performance and fuel economy guidelines the automaker requires for a production model and it continues to work continues to cut the rotary's fuel consumption.

The code name refers to the increase in the current engine's displacement, from 1.3 liters to 1.6 liters.

Kanai declined to say whether it's back to the drawing board for the 16X. "The 16X is more a profile of a rotary still in our concept stage," he said. "It needs more evolution."

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I agree but..
February 10, 2010 - 3:34pm
Though I agree with you previous posters, its great that Mazda is taking their time to get it right and at least its not scrapped all together like many other great automotive lineages... I want a new RX-7!! Lol. I should through a tantrum outside Mazda headcourters.
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November 3, 2009 - 9:05pm
Totally agree, and it's unfortunate but R&D takes a long time when you have no collaboration and are the only company providing a product for a niche market. If Mazda had some competition with other rotary engines builder , I'm sure we would see quicker developments. But that's just not going to happen.

On the other hand, I'm glad Mazda is taking the time to make sure the 16X is ready before pushing it out the door and into cars which are going to be handled by people that don't know anything about the eccentricities of the rotary. It sounds like it's shaping up to be a great package, and I can't wait to get my hands on one. Hopefully in a new RX-7.
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Forever waiting.
October 29, 2009 - 7:47pm
Absolutely heartbreaking. Mazda has been developing this engine for quite some time. I was truly wishing to see a production-ready version out in a few years but I suppose I'll have to keep wanting. So disappointing.
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