Mazda RX-7 coming in 2015 or 2016 with a new rotary engine - report

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Could cost approximately $30,000

Rumors about a Mazda RX-8 successor have been swirling for years but new details are starting to emerge about the often talked about, never seen model.

According to Autoweek, Mazda is working on a new RX-7 which could use a naturally-aspirated rotary engine with two or three rotors. The engine is expected to have a displacement of roughly 1.2 liters and an output of approximately 250 bhp (186 kW). It should also be more reliable and fuel-efficient that the oil and gas guzzling engine  that was used in the RX-8.

Given the MX-5 is expected to tip the scales at anywhere from 2,200 to 2,400 pounds (998 to 1088 kg), the RX-7 is expected to weigh about 2,800 pounds (1,270 kg).

If everything works out, the RX-7 could be launched in 2015 or 2016 and cost around $30,000.


Source: Autoweek via Carsoops

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mylo1986 mylo1986
thx god you hear me !!
Feb 15th, 2014 8:31pm
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ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
A rotary hybrid would be awesome. More low end torque with improved mileage. Even a mild hybrid would help tremendously.
Feb 15th, 2014 7:10pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
It will also make the engine a lot more complex and harder to maintain. Rotary engine is complex enough.
Feb 17th, 2014 6:55am
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benzboy benzboy
I will probably get bashed for saying this but I will bet money, we will see the RX7 in the dealerships, before we see the Acura NSX LOL.
Feb 15th, 2014 5:07pm
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DeRay DeRay
You can add a Supra to that list, the way things are going.
Feb 19th, 2014 5:46pm
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DeRay DeRay
This is great news, however, at that price Mazda is competing with the 370Z which has 332hp and starts at 29K.
Feb 15th, 2014 1:28am
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NardoW12 NardoW12
The 370Z looks great, but if Mazda can make the RX-7 light enough, I wouldn't mind if it's a little underpowered, look at the BRZ/FR-S.
Feb 15th, 2014 11:58am
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DBaskov DBaskov
By the time this car releases, there won't be 370z anymore. It will be replaced by smaller, and most likely less powerful model.
Feb 17th, 2014 6:52am
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DeRay DeRay
If it releases. I think we'll just get more rumors.
Feb 19th, 2014 5:59pm
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
Oh would you make up your mind Mazda, I think it wasn't 3 months back that some Mazda big shot already kill rumors about a Rotary engine sports car and Rotary will instead be use for REEV application
Feb 15th, 2014 1:01am
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Omega_RA Omega_RA
Keeps people talking about it though doesn't it..
Feb 15th, 2014 2:37am
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