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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata rumored to get hybrid rotary powertrain


The next generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been rumored for quite some time. Since the model has celebrated 20 years of existence and has such a devoted fan base, the Japanese company really wants to take the compact roadster to a whole new level.

While new and improved engines like the SKY-G or massive weight reductions have been rumored for quite some time, Japan’s Best Car magazine is reporting on something completely different.

It seems that the mag is confident that Mazda will offer the 2012 MX-5 Miata with a rotary engine option. Considering the RX-8 is set to be axed due to the famous inefficiency of its rotary engine, this option doesn’t sound that possible.

But there’s more to this report, as the aforementioned rotary engine will be coupled with a hybrid powertrain, effectively being used to recharge the battery pack and let the electric motor do all the work. The same mechanism has already been seen on the Audi A1 e-tron concept.

While it may make some sense, this rotary hybrid powertrain still is a bit far-fetched, largely because it will involve an increased price, contrasting the MX-5′s affordable nature.

What do you think? Can the MX-5 still be successful with a pricier rotary hybrid option? Share your thoughts below.

Source: 7Tune via Autoblog

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