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2012 Mazda Miata may get a rotary engine.

Posted in Compact Cars, Cool Stuff, Electric Vehicles, Electronics, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Mazda by MrAngry | June 18th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

2010 Mazda Miata

You know it, you love it, you want it… it’s the car that redefined what the modern roadster is and put the “sport” back into the sports car – it’s the Mazda Miata. The Miata is a true modern icon that first made its appearance way back in 1989 and since then over 850,000 have been sold. It’s small, quick and with its front engine rear drive layout it’s an absolute hoot to drive at the limit. Right now the current 2010 Mazda Miata comes stock with a 167 hp 2.0-liter 4-banger that propels the Miata to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds.

2010 Mazda Miata

There is talk that Mazda is going to ditch the Miata’s traditional 4-cylinder and go with a rotary engine for 2012. Autoblog is reporting that the new engine will have a displacement of either 1.2 or 1.3 liters but since rotary engines get dismal fuel economy the Miata may in fact be a hybrid. Keep in mind that this may not happen but if it does one thing we do know is that consumers should expect a decent bump in price as hybrids of any kind are not cheap.

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7 Responses

  1. Ash says:

    Then it WON’T BE an MX-5 it will be an RX-5…

  2. MrAngry says:

    Hey… thanks so much for the clarification.

  3. And i read from one article,it will be inspired by a radical styling and will boost fuel economy.A good way to save money as gas prices vary everyday,mostly increased due to different factors.

  4. Jay says:

    Hey, I like my 2.0 170-hp with 29MPG average just fine, thank you very much! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  5. Tom_Beebe says:

    ditto, Jay. The buzz of my four sounds just fine.

  6. tastetickles says:

    Mazda will very unlikely put a rotary engine in a miata and risk hurting is best selling car. Its still speculation but the higher possibility being Mazda planning on putting the RE 16X into the “magnified” chassis of the next Miata and labeled it RX-7 or whatever.

  7. Andy says:

    I think adding a rotary option to the miata would attract more buyers. At the same time though, rotary power in their best selling roadster would likely be a pain in the @ss to all the miata drivers who love their low maintenance toys. I want to see the the miata resemble the last generation rx-7 rather than a character from the disney movie “cars.”