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Mazda Rotary Engine Team Returns with Ambitious Plans

07 Feb 2024

Mazda has officially revived its dedicated Rotary Engine Development Group, comprised of 36 engineers, signaling a renewed commitment to the iconic rotary engine technology. Last year, Mazda reintroduced the rotary engine in the MX-30 crossover, utilizing it as a range extender. In 2023, the company showcased the impressive Iconic SP Concept, featuring a rotary engine functioning as a generator to charge the battery. Now, with the establishment of the "RE Development Group," Mazda aims to push the boundaries of this high-revving technology once again.

The Return of the Rotary

The Return of the Rotary

The last time Mazda had a specialized team for rotary engines was in 2018, and enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the return of this team ever since the discontinuation of the JDM-exclusive RX-8 Spirit R in 2012. While Mazda refrains from promising a new rotary performance vehicle, the company expresses its dedication to delivering "attractive cars that excite customers with our challenger spirit."

One of the highlights of Mazda's recent endeavors is the stunning Iconic SP Concept, where the rotary engine serves as a generator. This innovative approach allows the vehicle to run on gasoline, hydrogen, or renewable fuels. The two-rotor engine in the Iconic SP Concept delivers 365 horsepower, creating a sports car that weighs 3,197 pounds, with a perfect weight distribution between the axles.

During the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, Mazda's President and CEO, Katsuhiro Moro, hinted at the possibility of a spiritual successor to the RX-7/RX-8. However, the press release emphasizes that any potential production model will use the rotary engine exclusively as a generator, not for directly driving the wheels, as seen in past RX models.

While there is no explicit promise of a new rotary sports car, the establishment of the RE Development Group raises hopes among enthusiasts. The press release suggests a focus on developing "attractive cars that excite customers," leaving room for speculation about a potential production version of the Iconic SP or a new iteration of the RX series. However, Mazda emphasizes that any new development is at least a couple of years away.

Mazda's decision to revive the Rotary Engine Development Group is a clear indication of the company's long-term commitment to rotary engine technology. The Iconic SP Concept serves as a promising glimpse into the potential future of rotary engines, with a focus on innovative applications such as electricity generation. Enthusiasts will eagerly await further developments from Mazda, hoping for the revival of iconic sports cars with the unmistakable rotary engine roar.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.


17 Jun 2024

Adamas Motor Group, the exclusive Retail Partner of Morgan Motor Company in the UAE and Bahrain, proudly announces a significant milestone in its expansion in the Middle East region with the Grand Premiere of the long-anticipated Morgan Plus Four sportscar held aboard the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in Dubai, UAE.

The highly exclusive event marked the official arrival of the Morgan brand in the region with Adamas Motor Group officially appointed to support the wider GCC network with providing a suite of Managed Services, in addition to their continued efforts as exclusive Retail Partner in the UAE and Bahrain.

The event was graced by the presence of prominent guests from Morgan Motor Company including CEO, Massimo Fumarola and Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Wells, as well as His Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Oliver Christian. 


17 Jun 2024

The Dubai-based 2015 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster featured on SBX Cars has become the most valuable car ever transacted via an online-only auction platform, selling for US$6,000,000 last week. The sale surpasses a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, which previously sold for US$5,360,000 in 2022. This marks not only a new online auction record, but also an impressive milestone for the newly-founded SBX Cars platform.

The rare Veneno Roadster, only one of nine worldwide, had previously appeared at a well-known in-person auction house in 2020, with an estimated sale price of between €4,500,000 and €5,500,000, however, failed to sell.

Previously owned by a member of the House of Saud, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, the coveted road-legal 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 Veneno Roadster has a maximum output of 750 PS / 552 kW / 740 HP and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 355 km/h.

Finished in a matt black over an interior trimmed in lime green and black leather, the super sports car also boasts lime-green pinstriping on the exterior, adding a touch of contrast and personality to its fighter-jet-like bodywork.

In the two months since launching, SBX Cars has registered thousands of global bidders from over 40 countries, and has sold cars into the US, Mexico, Dubai, Kuwait, Germany and Hong Kong. The platform is the world's first global premium auction site, selling the the most coveted and collectible vehicles to buyers all over the world.

SBX Cars also announced the exclusive rights to auction the highly-anticipated Lotus Black&Gold Collection - the world’s largest collection of Lotus historic cars and rare collectible assets from the famous John Player Special Formula One era.

The New MINI Cooper 5 Door

17 Jun 2024
The New MINI Cooper 5 Door

A few months after the launch of the new MINI Cooper 3 Door, the five-door Cooper is now joining the new MINI family. The MINI Cooper 5 Door is characterised by the brand's typical driving fun, extended space, and distinctive functionality. These make the five-seater an exceptional phenomenon in its segment, together with its unique design - a combination of tradition and modern, purist styling - and innovative assistance systems.

The body dimensions are almost identical to those of its predecessor and underline the basic idea behind every MINI: To create as much space as possible on a small footprint. In the case of the MINI Cooper 5 Door, this means an interior that offers enough space for five passengers. All of which benefits the occupants in terms of comfort and space. Short overhangs, clear surfaces and expressive accents also give the new MINI Cooper 5 Door its unmistakable charisma. Inside, digital innovations and an immersive user experience take the MINI DNA to a new level.

The larger body version of the purist MINI Cooper also delivers the brand's hallmark driving fun and agile handling. There is a choice of two efficient petrol engines which, combined with the modern chassis and precise steering, deliver the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling.

The three-cylinder petrol engine of the MINI Cooper 5 Door C generates 156 hp. The MINI Cooper 5 Door S is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 204 hp. Hallmark MINI steering and powerful brakes ensure a high level of driving fun, safety, and comfort. Compact dimensions, short overhangs, and a small turning circle make the MINI Cooper 5 Door a versatile model for the city.

The new MINI Cooper is characterised by "Charismatic Simplicity". The design language of the current MINI family presents the traditional values of the brand with a striking clarity. The authentic design language of the new models combines advanced technology with elementary principles of vehicle design and brand origins.