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The Mazda rotary engine officially returns: Paris Motor Show

This is excellent news for rotary lovers the world over! There is however, a caveat. The next production car to harbour a rotary engine will not be powered by said rotary engine.

The Wankel will be reintroduced in Mazda’s first-ever EV as a range-extender. This electric vehicle, set for a 2020 launch, will combine this engine inherent features (small and lightweight) with an as-of-yet undisclosed electric powertrain.

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What also remains unknown is what type of car we can expect. While this is not the rebirth of the RX-7 many had hoped for, it is possible that this EV could turn into a production version of the RX-Vision concept unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

This outcome was predicted by many, including us, and it makes sense on a number of levels. The Wankel engine’s characteristics make it a shoo-in for this type of application. We predict that its use as a range-extender will be applied to a number of future electrified Mazdas and we do hope that a performance car will grace showroom floors as well.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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