Mazda goes to the four

An interesting piece of news from Mazda recently, with the announcement that the brand is looking to drop its six cylinder engine and stay exclusively “Yep, right – up to four-cylinder, not only four-cylinder,” he said, before adding: “Maybe a three-cylinder, or two.” according to Shin Okamoto, a senior Mazda engineer. He was asked if Mazda’s “Sky-Activ” tech would be used on a six cylinder powerplant (Mazda’s last remaining six is in the CX-9) and said “I don’t think so, we don’t increase the [number of cylinders] any more.”

With turbo technology reaching the limits of effectiveness and supercharging more the realm of V8s, is this a new world we’re seeing, with engine development, direct injection and better computer usage being the next step?

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