Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai put the kibosh on any sort of rotary sports car, hybrid-rotary sports car, or basically any sports car larger than the Miata in an interview, so, you know, that sucks.
Bad news, from Automotive News:
Could Mazda ever create an RX-8 sports car successor with a range extender?
I think that as a sports car option, the MX-5 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter conventional engine, with its power and acceleration, might be a more exhilarating experience.
No plans for a larger sports car entry?
Hold back your tears, it will be alright. He could be lying! Automakers never want to talk about future products. But at this point I think we need to detach ourselves from this on-again, off-again idea of a new rotary powered sports car.
Mazda just isn’t as big as the other companies out there, so to keep up with the rapid hybridization and electrification happening in every segment across the industry, Mazda probably doesn’t have the time, money or resources to devote to an RX-9.
That doesn’t bode well for the comeback of the production rotary engine, either. Mazda hasn’t given up yet, and is considering the rotary as a range-extender for its future hybrid models. This helps mitigate concerns with emissions mandates, and may lead to further development of the rotary in other applications.
Just.. not the magical unicorn rotary sports car you thought you’d be able to buy one day to escape all other earthly concerns in. You could always get a Miata.