There have been quite a few statements online that alluded to the fact that a new rotary-powered car was on the horizon from the only automaker to ever make them work properly, Mazda. These weird little Dorito engines have a serious fanbase thanks to the many rotary-powered cars that were created, the most sought-after being the Seris 6 Mazda RX-7, often referred to as the FD. That was the most modern incarnation of the car and engine, and it ended production back in 2002. While fans were upset, the replacement RX-8 also received one of these dual-rotor, small-capacity powerplants, but this time it was left normally aspirated. As soon as the car hit the streets, tuners and modifiers all tried their hand at extracting the same power that the FD was able to make, but the powerplant was made out of paper and just didn’t take to the usual mods. In fact, it was quite common to see a brand-new RX-8 fitted with a 13B powerplant sourced from the RX-7. RX-8 production did last around ten years, and it never got a better or updated powerplant. Production of the beloved rotary motor ended in 2012, and since then fans have been patiently waiting for a new generation to be made. The thing is, while the rotary powerplants had a small capacity and were capable of making great power, they were inefficient when it came to emissions and so it seems any plans to bring the engines into compliance were put on the back burner as Mazda joined other automakers in the pursuit for efficient and more environmentally-friendly engines, as well as electrification of engines. That aforementioned new rotary powerplant is here, and it was unveiled at this year’s Japan Mobility Show.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the great-looking Mazda Iconic S Concept car that was recently revealed at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show. The car has been much-anticipated thanks to the use of a rotary powerplant, but it's different to the highly-tunable spinning Doritos that have split eardrums for years: Mazda Iconic SP Sports Car Revealed at Japan Mobility Show 2023 | DPCcars
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