Mazda RX-7 confirmed for 2017

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Rotary engine making a comeback.

An all-new Mazda RX-7 has been confirmed by the firm’s sports car chief. The sports car is scheduled for a 2017 release, 50 years after the company’s first Wankel-powered vehicle, the 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S.

It will probably get a naturally-aspirated rotary engine, possibly the 16X that hasn’t been installed in any production model yet. This is a 1.6-liter engine with 300 hp (224 kW) that Mazda unveiled a few years ago which if it’s being considered for the RX-7, will be installed without a turbo since Nobuhiro Yamamoto is not a big fan of turbocharging.

He said that the new RX-7 will “definitely be lighter” in comparison to the model that was discontinued in 2002. He did not mention a specific figure but he did say that it will be in Toyota FT-86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S territory. In order to reach this weight, most likely the new RX-7 will receive several aluminum body panels since carbon fiber would make it too expensive.

Chances are that it will share the same platform as the next-gen MX-5, but the RX-7 will be heavier and larger, and with an extended wheelbase. The JDM version is expected to come with a small back seat while other variants are likely to be offered with only two seats.

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Nov 6th, 2012 2:53am
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DeRay DeRay
When they built the Mazda Furai and took it to the track in 2008 they were celebrating 40 years of the rotary engine, I thought then they were already working towards a new RX-7 but now enthusiast are gonna have to wait another 5 before they get a new RX-7?
Nov 5th, 2012 6:55pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
I love the Mazda RX-7 and the RX-8, but I heard a lot of bad reviews about the Rotary engine not being robust enough an that the engine just doesn't last above 100,000 Kms...It seems it has something to do with the way the engine works. The Rotor kind of "actively scrapes" the inner side-wall of the Combustion Chamber as opposed to the ICE's Piston Rings which kind of just slides against the Inner Cylinder Lining....I could be wrong, but it just doesn't look healthy to me... I'd vote for High efficiency Micro-turbines Serial hybrids...
Nov 5th, 2012 8:42am
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eddie eddie
A rotary hybrid would be awesome! It would help with the poor torque and poor mileage rotary develops.
Nov 3rd, 2012 9:34pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
RX-7 is suposed to be light and nimble... do you want to screw the weight the car with fat ass batterys and electric motors?
Nov 4th, 2012 8:14am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
It's been a long time coming, this special special car!
Nov 3rd, 2012 5:49am
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tsaphoto tsaphoto
To understand the truth behind this, you must see the original quotes. This is unlikely to actually happen and more a prospective "feeler" for enthusiasts to maintain some Mazda loyalty. Proposing a 2017 launch date is not only unrealistic but completely tentative based on response. Although the rotary is my favourite engine design for it's simplicity, a tiny and suffering company like Mazda simply doesn't have the resources to bring this engine to it proper potential relative to the resources invested in piston engine technology....sadly. The best answer would be to make the lovely Wankel an option on the MX-5, which would cut all development costs and make the dream affordable (compared to the suggested list of the future model being compared to the 370 Z). Mazda is the underdog of the Jap companies, which means it's usually a case of too little, too late.
Nov 3rd, 2012 2:34am
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DeRay DeRay
They've put so much into developing the skyactiv technology I don't know financially that they will be able to pull this off. They already spoke of doing a coupe version and perhaps an MPS of the new Mazda6. It would seem better if they explored applying the skyactiv technology to a sports car with around 300hp, I'm sure they would get better fuel economy and then reserve their RX-7 as something more near the GT-R, they built the Furai so...
Nov 5th, 2012 6:53pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Glad to hear that legendary RX-7 is making a comeback with a rotary engine(hopefully it will be a lot more reliable and less complicated to fix). Never less I want to see Mazda to expand it's sporty line up, right now there are barely any sporty cars except for maybe Miata and MazdaSpeed 3.
Nov 2nd, 2012 10:34pm
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tbrodie tbrodie
I was an original owner to an early Rx7. It was one of the most trouble-free cars I've owned. Oh wait, I did replace the clutch at 100,000 miles for under $300, but otherwise it was just maintenance and "HummmMMMMM".
Nov 3rd, 2012 1:41am
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DBaskov DBaskov
I can't say I owned one but I read that they are pretty reliable until you reach a point when the car has a lot of miles(just like many other reliable cars I suppose) and if you start having problems with the engine, then you're screwed.
Nov 3rd, 2012 5:26am
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AstonMartin AstonMartin
Awesome indeed! The sports car wars are officially back ON. Now we're simply missing confirmed word of the Toyota Supra comeback.
Nov 2nd, 2012 8:49pm
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techie69 techie69
And the twilight RX-7 saga continues...the ought to build a mini version, the RX-5 or RX-3 while we wait for the sweet deal!
Nov 2nd, 2012 8:42pm
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loki loki
I don't know if I have to be happy that Mazda actually thinks about and wants to build this car (and with a rotary, mind you!), or sad because it's 5 damn years away!
Nov 2nd, 2012 8:13pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
OMG. This is going to be awesome!
Nov 2nd, 2012 7:03pm
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