The next instalment of the Mazda RX-7 could be on its way. This is how it could look…
This is one of the dream new models that we would most want to see built, there was a few others but the Mazda RX-7 was a major favourite. The Mazda RX-7 was built for decades and was around for a quarter of a century before the front-engined rear-wheel drive coupe was discontinued in 2002. The most famous of all the models was the last, the third-generation Mazda RX-7 that was released in 1991.
The Mazda RX-7 was fiercely popular and many enthusiasts followed the car, like a cult following and have been asking the question as to why Mazda has not yet considered reviving this ever-popular model. However, we have recently heard rumours that Mazda is in fact in the early stages of development of a new successor to the RX-7.
The RX-7 still remains one of the very few iconic sports cars to emerge from Japan and ever since its launch it has stayed faithful to the rotary engine. At 1.3-litres, the engine is smaller than many powertrains you’ll find on superminis in today’s market but the RX-7 also injected twin turbochargers to give a huge power boost.
The rotary engine was the only unit on offer and produced 250bhp, which was distributed to the road through the rear wheels. The drivetrain options were a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual.
Our sources have revealed that Mazda will stick with the rotary engine and aim to hit 300bhp by incorporating its new SkyActiv technology. It is thought that it will be based on the upcoming Mazda MX-5 platform and be a little larger than the Mazda RX-8 which was cut in late 2010.
This reborn iconic car could arrive as early as 2016