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Mazda RX-7 & RX-9 in the Works

 Mazda RX-7 & RX-9 in the Works
Maxda RX-7 Rendering

Mazda will keep the rotary engine for the two new models but says it will come with improvements

The rotary engine will live on.

According to Inside Line, Mazda has a next-generation RX-7 well into its development phase and is also working on a next-gen RX-8 which will carry the name one digit further and be called the RX-9.

But if the rotary engine is not dead Mazda, it appears, is keen on killing off some of its drawbacks. Mazda's rotary power plant has been heavily criticized for poor fuel economy, bad emissions and a penchant for burning up engine oil. Now, the company is claiming to have made improvements to the previous rotary engineering.

The new 16X twin-rotor engine will come with an 800cc x 2 configuration (the current is a 654 cc x 2) and will better fuel consumption by about 20 percent all while generating 270 hp.

Also in the works for the next-generation RX-7 is a new dual-clutch 6-speed transmission where the driver can set the rev marker at which the gear changes are to be made.

Mazda is also bettering economy by reducing weight and has put both new models on a diet. A new chassis has lightened the RX-7 by about 220 pounds (100 kg) with the curb weight coming in at 2,640 pounds (1200 kg).

We'll have to wait and see what the results will be.

Source: insideline via autoblog

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zoe
That was the best mazda i have ever see. That's what i am looking for!!
Dec 4, 2009 10:05 am
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Aesthetics
oh, and that drawing looks really nice. that design should be materialized for the road although maybe they should maintain some of the previous rx-7s roof lines instead of the corvette looking ones
Feb 16, 2009 4:21 pm
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Aesthetics
the last rx-7 has around 240hp yet has the same fuel economy as a 400hp 512TR. the rx-8 is much better and no turbocharger so the 20% better fuel economy is still going to be high. love rotary for giving good power/weight ratio but their power/fuel/emission ratio just kills it and it reflects on their lack of torque.
Feb 16, 2009 4:17 pm
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unknownuser
Looks a bit like Audi R8, but it is nicer, nice edges, well-done Mazda....
Feb 14, 2009 2:36 am
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dimeNickel
beautiful front end draft, some beautiful elements are taken from the RX8 and hope they do not add an extra gap between the front end lights to the vents. Regarding the engine, maybe some more torque would be thumbs up.
Feb 14, 2009 12:57 am
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Xanavi23
Turbos should solve that but its hard to make torque in a rotary. They're high rev screamers.
Feb 14, 2009 4:01 pm
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dimeNickel
sounds good, but that might just give it gas guzzler tax. lets hope this wasnt the same as the last rendering of the rx9
Feb 14, 2009 8:25 pm
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DeRay
WOW ITS NICE AND THEY NEED TO KEEP IT AS CLOSE TO THE SKETCH AS POSSIBLE. TWO RX'S ON THE ROAD! I CAN'T WAIT FOR A RIVALRY WITH NISSAN!!!!!
Feb 14, 2009 12:20 am
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Blake_10
It looks cool to me... It will sell in Europe ?
Feb 13, 2009 8:12 pm
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joshg_5
I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of another (two) RWD, affordable sports car on the road that people actually desire! Genesis coupe and upcoming Nissan "240sx", you've got some competition! Long live the rotary is right!
Feb 13, 2009 6:29 pm
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Motor_Yakuza
The 240sx aka Silvia, was canceled.The "Toyobaru" coupe is delayed, So the Hyundai coupe won't have to many enemies for a wile.
Feb 13, 2009 6:57 pm
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kryst_PL
The sketch looks anything but mazda, no desin cues that they extesively put on nowdays. Eoo edgy. Looks More like old Camaro.
Feb 13, 2009 6:13 pm
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joshg_5
That sketch looks better than anything Mazda could come up with IMO.
Feb 13, 2009 6:26 pm
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kryst_PL
Even the Furai? It is STUNNING.
Feb 14, 2009 12:24 am
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dmanero
That sketch looks amazing, Mazda would be stupid not to build it, a surely be a hit, providing they stick to the way they sketch it
Feb 13, 2009 5:04 pm
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Motor_Yakuza
Oh yeah, we all love RX-7, oh did any of u guys know anything about the new Nissan Silvia being canceled.
Feb 13, 2009 4:59 pm
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Imasa
Hot!
Feb 13, 2009 4:22 pm
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