Rumours have been heard that Mazda are resurrecting a new Mazda RX-7. This is likely to be a two seater coupe, focused on being lightweight, agile, and set to have a 250bhp next generation rotary engine. Very exciting!
The model has been penciled in to be released in 2015/2016 priced around £19,000 which will be cheaper than the Porsche Cayman and slightly more expensive then a the Subaru BRZ.
We’ve heard a few styling and technical details. While it’s built on the same simple design philosophy as the new MX-5, we’re told the final design is a long way from being ready for production.
Mazda chief designer Ikuo Maeda is supervising the work, and he has an RX-7 family link; his father was the design boss in the ’70s when Mazda created the original RX-7.
Technical Details – 250bhp from a 1.2Litre?
Technical specifications have emerged. The new rotary engine won’t be using a turbocharger, but it falls in line with Mazda’s longer term engine strategy to concentrate on highly efficient petrol engines.
Still, Mazda’s rotary development continues, and we hear engine capacity is around 600cc per rotor, slightly smaller than the RX-8’s 650cc. Mazda is still deciding between twin or triple rotors for the engine; one source suggests a twin rotor is most likely to be used. Making the new RX-7 engine a 1.2-litre, roughly equivalent to a conventional 2.4 litre engine.
Power output, fuel efficiency, and reliability are likely to improve; sources suggest about 250bhp, similar to the RX-8.
New Mazda RX-7 Rivals
Given the new RX-7’s potential rivals will be the next-gen Toyota GT-86 (FR-S, BRZ) and next-gen Nissan 370Z. The Mazda must blend its relatively low power output with a lightweight chassis to keep the enthusiasts happy with the overall driver experience.