Mazda insists on the rotary engine and announces an extended-range electric sports car with this technology.

Mazda has positioned the rotary engine as one of its signature technologies over the past 60 years. The Japanese company succeeded where Citroën and NSU failed, effectively marketing a lengthy range of cars featuring Wankel engines. The new MX-30 R-EV is the most recent character in this drama.

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It is a plug-in hybrid—more accurately, an electric hybrid with a range extender—that doubles as a generator and has an 830 CC engine introduced precisely one year ago. Owing to its compact dimensions, it coexists in the front compartment with the 170 HP (125 kW) electric unit.

Its battery holds 17.8 kWh, and when it is in electric mode, its range is 85 km WLTP. We may contrast these numbers with the fully electric MX-30, which uses a 35.5 kWh pack to certify a 200 km WLTP range, about twice as long as the R-EV.

It takes six-tenths less time to get from 0 to 100 km/h (9.1 seconds against 9.7 seconds) due to its higher performance-focused design than pure electric (145 HP). It can charge up to 11 kW using alternating current (0–100% in 40 minutes) and 36 kW using direct current (20–80% in 25 minutes) at its maximum. Strangely, in Spain, the price of both variants is 38,050 euros.

Mazda will bring the Iconic SP prototype to production, a clear tribute to the legendary RX-7

Mazda is steadfast in its dedication to this solution, even though the first testing conducted by the media suggests that its consumption in actual situations is high. Katsuhiro Moro, the CEO of the business, revealed the impending creation of a rotary-engine sports vehicle during the Tokyo Motor Show.

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The iconic SP prototype, heir to the RX-7 and RX-8, could have influenced this car. Everything suggests it will be an extended-range electric car, similar to the MX-30 R-EV. The development team will get together. “It won’t be easy, but I hope we can advance towards a new chapter in this insatiable challenge.”

The Mazda Iconic SP is powered by a double-rotor Wankel engine that can run on hydrogen or petrol and is connected to an electric propulsion system. It generates 370 horsepower. The manufacturer notes that a low hood, a 50/50 weight distribution, a decreased center of gravity, and a low weight (1,450 kg) are all made possible by the rotary engine’s compactness and lightness.


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