When people talk about Mazda’s 13B twin-rotor Wankel engine, they tend to imagine lowered, twin-turbocharged FD RX-7s with giant wings and huge front splitters. But that 13B engine doesn’t get nearly enough credit for powering what has to be the greatest little bus of all time: the Parkway Rotary 26.
When the dominant Audi Sport Team Joest Le Mans prototype program closed last year, it left only two teams in the world’s top LMP1 class of endurance prototypes. Now Team Joest is partnering with Mazda in a smaller regional series, which would be a step down if LMP1 was thriving. But LMP1 isn’t, and Team Joest’s move…
Rotary engines: for years, it has been prophesied that they will return to deliver salvation to the faithful. One day, it is said, they will be back. Any day now. For real! And we totally believe it. The latest round of rumors out of Japan promise us a new 450 horsepower Mazda rotary coupe by 2019.
It’s been a sort of open secret for a few years now that you can hack the infotainment system on some 2014 and up Mazdas with the right software on a USB drive. What is new, though, is that now the software required to do this is freely available on GitHub. What’s also interesting is how this security flaw has been…
The story of the rotary engine is often one of tragedy, like how the cheap and light Mazda RX-01 Concept of the mid-1990s never happened. Sad.
America’s best-selling car, the Mazda RX-8 has been recalled (again) for some fuel system and suspension weirdness. It’s a really strange thing to hear about since the cars are basically the most reliable and bulletproof things ever made.
Have you ever had a moment with a car? Just a brief couple of minutes in which you fell positively, uncontrollably head over heals for an automobile? I did one night in Hong Kong a while back, and now I can’t stop thinking about first-generation Mazda RX-7s.
Fifty years ago today, Mazda sent a shockwave through the industry by offering for sale the world’s first rotary powered sports car—the beautiful and futuristic Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. Despite its lackluster sales, the Cosmo set the stage for rotary engine use in the automaker’s lineup, and what resulted are among the…
“Where should I put this?” my boyfriend asked, holding up his wallet. I looked around the 2017 Mazda Miata RF’s cramped interior. There was no glove compartment. No door pockets. The center console cubby was too small. The compartment between the seats was already filled with paperwork and other items from the press…
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This, I say unto you today: Make mine MX-3!
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The Mazda6 is a very nicely made car that handles extremely well for when you need a dash of sportiness in your midsize sedan experience. It falls down as a true enthusiast car because it’s not even remotely quick. If you are looking for a front-drive four-door and some real zip, go check out a Buick Regal GS instead.
At the 12 Hours of Sebring, the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s Prototype cars brake super-late into turn 17 down from around 170 mph. By the time Joel Miller realized his No. 70 Mazda RT24-P’s brakes didn’t work, it was too late. Here’s the horror ride you never, ever want to take in a race car.
Hey did you hear? You no longer have a three pedal option in a front-wheel-drive crossover that you didn’t want to buy anyway. That’s right Mazda, purveyor of zoom-zoom will no longer let you row your own on the all new 2017 CX-5. Trust me, you aren’t missing anything.
As someone who had never experienced the brilliance of the Mazda Miata, I asked readers last week what I should do with my gorgeous red press car, and the answers all said more or less the same thing: find great roads and drive until you drop.
If you frequent this lovely car blog, you’ve probably been reading a lot about the Mazda RX-7 lately. But, this time, let’s just sit back and admire one for a bit.
You can’t understand the shame I’ve felt for the past few years. I never told you this, but despite being an auto journalist—and one who works at Jalopnik—I had never driven a Mazda Miata. Ever. My colleagues would rave about how it’s the benchmark for all things fun and cheap, but I’d sit on the sidelines with my…
Vintage Jaguar engines have such a reputation for breakdowns that it’s not uncommon to see ones with engine swaps. Most people go with brutally simple American V8s in their place. One shop in the UK decided to go in the opposite direction.