As a few people may have known, the Mazda RX-8 is not a very successful model and Mazda decided to drop it . The Japanese company has decided that it will bring back the RX-7 to fill the unfulfilling void the RX-8 will leave behind.
According to the British magazine, AutoCar, Mazda is preparing a new rotary engine that can run on petrol or diesel. It is a two-stroke 16X engine that in its current state develops a total of 300bhp and sprints the car from 0 to 60mph in under five seconds.
The next RX-7 is already under testings and it seems that Mazda’s R&D department has invited several external drivers and racers to try it out.
As a reminder, the new RX-7 will be an affordable, user-friendly sports car with a reasonable price tag of $30,000USD.
Chief Designer for Mazda, Ikuo Maeda has some feelings about the revival of the RX-7.
"I do have a strong yearning to revive the RX-7 during my tenure," Maeda said. "But in order for that to happen, we need the U.S. economy to come back, first and foremost."
Well, gee, thanks Maeda. We’re glad to know that you are thinking of our well-being. Oh wait, probably not. Well at least we might get the opportunity to see a revival of the RX-7 featuring a 16X rotary engine in the near future. But don’t expect a high-powered sports car. Mazda is still experimenting with forced induction so we probably won’t see that in the first batch of this much anticipated comeback. Sources say that the new RX-7 will be an affordable, user-friendly sports car with a reasonable price tag of $30,000USD.
This shouldn’t be the first time that you’ve heard about Mazda bringing back the RX-7 . However this time the news seems to be official, and even the current economic climate won’t stop the Japanese automaker from unveiling the new sports car in 2011 as a replacement for the not so successful RX-8. All three previous generations of Mazda’s rotary experimental 7 have been bona fide sports cars that offer their operators a lightweight chassis with razor sharp handling and the exhilaration of rear wheel drive that culminated with the FD3S and despite being down a few ponies from the competition, it made genuine Japanese super cars like the Skyline GT-R and NSX head for the hills.
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 new RX-7’s exterior will be inspired by the Furai concept and will go head to head with other sport compacts like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and eventual Toyota FT-86 as well as Japanese thoroughbreds like the Nissan 370Z . If you were excited by the muscle car market coming back into full swing you might want save a little bit of emotion for the return of the sport compact tuning scene.
This is definitely not the first time that we have heard about a rebirth of the greatest Rotary Experimental model that the Japanese automaker Mazda has ever produced and we hope that it won’t be the last. It turns out that the Zoom-Zoom brand has been preparing a successor for their current rotary powered RX-8 sports car, and while some might say that the next evolution should wear an RX-9 badge, we are happy to hear that Mazda is considering to bring back the RX-7 moniker that was used from the beginning in 1978 all the way up until the 13B powered twin turbocharged FD3S was forced out of production in 2002.
This is definitely something to look forward to, because if Mazda can get the RX-7 formula right again then we are in for a real treat. It was never the biggest or the most powerful of the super cars that cme out of Japan in the 1990s, but its spirited engine and nimble lightweight nature made it a threat to anything on the road. Just like the last generation model, the upcoming RX-7 will be a two seater sports car powered by a boosted rotary engine. If you think that a high revving twin rotor motor sounds like fun, then you ought to know that there is talks of using the same 1.6 Liter Renesis 16X Wankel design that was used in the 2007 Taiki concept , delivering an even 300 HP. The production version is expected to debut in 2011, however we expect to see a concept version a bit sooner.
Mazda was on to something when they combined a compact rear wheel drive platform with a lightweight racing inspired power plant to create the first Rotary Experimental model for the Japanese automaker. Through three generations of RX-7, the sports car has proven itself to be a show winner as well as track day competitor. It was the second generation FC3S RX-7 that introduced rotary enthusiasts to boost and took the agile Mazda to the next level with the RX-7 Turbo II. However it wasn’t until 1992 when the automaker from Hiroshima launched the last RX-7 that we have all come to know and admire. With its round sculpted arches and twin turbocharged 13B power plant making 265 HP, the FD (as it is known) was capable of running with super cars well beyond its output and price.
Mazda stopped importing RX-7s into the U.S. in 1995, ever since then, sports car enthusiasts have been awaiting the return of the Mazda RX-7, especially since the turbocharged rotary powered rocket ship disappeared from the world market in 2002. Well there is good news because it looks like the rumors are coming true , and a 21st century RX-7 will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show.
This rendering shows a vehicle that has been heavily influenced by the company’s Nagare design language, except that an RX-7, by its nature, must go one step beyond any of the Mazda’s recent concepts. The production version of the RX-8’s successor will not make an appearance until the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and will feature Mazda’s new rotary engine.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard rumors about a new Mazda RX-7 . Just like the BMW M7 rendering , we don’t expect one either. But if the folks at Motor Magazine in Japan are going to take the time to put together a rendering, we’re more than happy to get caught in the daydream.
Unless you’re a big Mazda fan, you’ve probably not heard of Re-Amemiya. The Japanese tuner with at peculiar name is a particular fan of Mazda’s rotary engines.
When it came time to present a car for the Toyko Auto Salon, Re-Amemiya created the Genki 7, based on the Mazda RX-7 . We have no explanation why Re-Amemiya chose to base its streamline car on a seven-year-old design as opposed to a modern RX-8 , but it still looks cool enough for us not to wonder too much.
Mazda will launch a new RX-7 in 2012. The car is a must considering the Japanese market will be full of high performance cars in the near future and Mazda really needs one if it want to survive on the market.
The 2012 RX-7 (FE model perhaps) will be powered by the all-new 16X rotary engine; an evolution of the award-winning Renesis 13B found in the RX-8. Armed with a revised eccentric shaft producing more low-end torque—the blatant absence of which has been a common complaint about the RX-8 —and likely some form of forced induction, it’s sure to insert a dose of bees up the collective bonnets of the competition.
Add to that the usual bevy of make-believe insider information such as a curb weight under 1500kg, a usable 2+2 seating setup, and a price tag under US$30k!