Mazda prepares turbocharged successor for RX-7

If rumors are to be trusted then Mazda may be unveiling a successor for the RX-7 sports car in 2013. Inside sources have told Autocar that the car will be called the RX-9 and will retain the rotary Renesis technology employed by its predecessors and the RX-8.

With the next RX-7 , Mazda will focus on improving fuel consumption and torque required to keep pace with rivals like the VW Scirocco . A Mazda source said: "We’re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger."

The next generation RX-7 will be powered by Mazda’s all new Renesis 16X power plant which debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show inside of the Taiki concept car. The Renesis(2) rotary engine is a 1.6 Liter twin rotor motor that will develop a maximum output of 350 HP and 215 lb-ft of torque.

The RX-9’s design language will be inspired by the Nagare design language, which is inspired by nature — in particular, wind and flowing water.

Source: Autocar

7 comments:

This is just like a battle of RWD and AWD, despite the "fun" factor, power to 4 wheels will always be better as hp level goes above 350+. The higher Horsepower counts, the lesser chance of any rotary engines will able to match the conventional solutions in both power delivery and fuel efficiency.

Rotary engines are failing cases from the start. Despite the weight and displacement advantages, rotary engines will never be able to march the pressure level and the lubrication technologies of piston engines.

I’d rather drive a RX7 or the rumored RX9 because RX8 isn’t that much fun driving.

maybe this is becuase of the new engine regulation filed by
EUROPE. or maybe they needed more power, many are telling.

Great job guys. I really like it.

maybe this is becuase of the new engine regulation filed by
EUROPE. or maybe they needed more power, many are telling.

I’m excited to see if the rumors are true. This car could potentially pick Mazda back up into the competitive sports car market. Just hope it is more dependable than the RX-8.

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