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Mazda Won't Build A Rotary Sports Car, Nor A 3 MPS

The company's global boss has ruled out a rival of the MPS brand and quashed hopes of a rotary-powered sports car

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Mazda won't be turning the new 3 into a hot hatch
Mazda won't be turning the new 3 into a hot hatch

There was a double dose of bad news emerging from LA for anyone hoping for sportier stuff from Mazda. First off, the prospect of an MPS revival: sadly, it just isn’t going to happen.

Asked by Drive.com.au following the reveal of the new 3 hatchback and saloon if a faster version of the car was on the cards, Mazda president Akira Marumoto had the following to say: “Mazda is a small player and if [you are asking if] that segment has a high particular priority for Mazda my answer would be no. Therefore we not planning for MPS in the future.”

This strikes us as a massive shame. As we’ve discussed recently, Mazda is extremely good at making its all cars - not just the rear-drive MX-5 - drive extremely nicely. If it can make an 89bhp 2 hatchback feel so incredibly satisfying to drive, imagine how good a new hot hatchback from the company might be.

Mazda's RX-Vision concept debuted in 2015. A production version - rotary-powered or otherwise - is unlikely
Mazda's RX-Vision concept debuted in 2015. A production version - rotary-powered or otherwise - is unlikely

The second dose of disappointment concerns the future rotary sports car that even Mazda execs have been hinting at. Rotary engines are definitely returning to the company in the form of EV range-extenders, but beyond that, we probably should expect much.

“I am receiving this question [about a future rotary sports car] maybe 100 times, and I will not commit…Nothing has been decided,” he said.

Does that stop us hoping and dreaming? Nope.