New Mazda RX-7 Scheduled for 2016 Launch

New Mazda RX-7 Scheduled for 2016 Launch

Rumor has it that Mazda is preparing to resurrect its RX-7 nameplate and it will be powered by a next-generation rotary engine.

Despite previous reports that the Japanese automaker is no longer developing rotary engines, Mazda revived the powerplant and utilized it in its Mazda2 Range Extender model. Now, rumors are stirring that the Japanese automaker is well underway in developing the next-generation RX-7 and it will be an agile, lightweight, two-seater coupe with around 250 hp. It will be priced at around $30,000 and will launch in 2016.

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The model hasn’t been fully signed off yet by Mazda, which is why the automaker refuses to comment or confirm the rumors. However, it is believed that the next-generation rotary engine is under development and the RX-7’s successor will be built on the same simple design philosophy as the new MX-5 Miata, which is set to make its debut at next year’s Chicago Auto Show.

As for the rotary engine, don’t expect any forms of forced induction, which means it won’t be turbocharged. The company is still deciding between twin or triple rotors though one source suggests a twin-rotor engine is most likely. Considering the 2015 MX-5 Miata will tip the scales at around 2,400 lbs, expect the new RX-7 to weigh around 2,800 lbs to separate it from its stablemate.

GALLERY: 2011 Mazda RX-8


[Source: Autoweek]

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  • Isaac Suarez

    ….ohhhh WHAT EVER!!!! My heart has been teased long enough with these rumors. I’d like a new RX7 but a RX sedan also for us guys with kids. But…I won’t hold my breath :0(

  • H Scott Hudson

    That will be nice ,as long as it is not a sedan. They need to go back to being a sports car. Tweek the last design RX-7 , don’t tweek the RX-8. It is an ugly sports sedan. Make it light, don’t worry what a MIata weighs. Lightness adds handling and speed without having huge horsepower and you get better gas mileage, which has never been its strong points. I owed 2 RX-7’s a 79 and and 83, I now have a Lotus Elise. It has a 200 horsepower toyota engine an weighs 1975 pounds. Great mileage(25 city,40 highway)great speed 0-60 4.9 sec. Fantastic handling mostly from low weight. The last RX-7 got to big, don’t start this one big, keep it at or below 2500# and horsepower in the 300 range( rotary’s love turbo’s ) now you have a sports car that can compete.

  • JM Franklin

    This is definitely going to happen. Even though there have been gaps in production, the rotary is to Mazda what the flat 6 is to Porsche. They will never completely let it go. Remember that even though we went 9 years without an RX here in the states, the last 7 was produced in Japan until 2002 and the 8 replaced it in 2004. A gap of a few years is not surprising, especially since the rotary was in need of some serious development to meet emissions and consumption goals. I think they’ve done it and the next RX will be based on the Alfa/Mazda shared platform being used on the next Miata. Keep in mind that the 8 was based on the last Miata as well. I even think there will be a 2 door coupe and a 4 door sedan carrying different versions of the new rotary. 1.2L twin rotor, 1.6L twin rotor and 2.0L triple rotor in the larger sedan.

  • What are you guys smoking? The laws of physics haven’t changed since 2003 – it is not a practical possibility to create a rotary motor that will meet emissions standards AND produce useful torque by contemporary market standards. The last-generation rotary was so woefully out-classed by everything else in its market segment and the sales numbers prove it. (Forget the fact that it was a warranty nightmare.) The true sportscar segment has been all but abandoned by the manufacturers that can actually afford to support such a model in their lineup. Don’t expect Mazda – that barely survives on its economy offerings – to pony up for a loss-leader just because a small grip of fanatics (almost none of which would ever buy a new car to begin with, let alone a $30k+ model) want to see one made.
    If you guys had put your money where your mouth is and actually BOUGHT an RX-8 when they were available, Mazda might have thought about continuing the line. But, since nearly all of you are third, fourth or even fifth owners of 20-year-old cars, I don’t see anyone whipping out a credit card any time soon…

  • Nicklas

    My only concern with sticking to the rotary is fuel consumption. The RX-8 and previous rotary cars are horrible in that area. And the lack of torque makes the car feel slow even if has 250bhp at 9000rpm. So id say go variable turbo two rotor and add 200 lbs.

  • Towhook

    Well put MM.
    Yes, apparently Mazda enthusiasts don’t open up their wallets.
    I pulled the trigger on a 2005 RX8 and lots of add ons.
    Kind of reminds me of when Toyota started producing more manual transmission cars in response to so call enthusiasts. Dealer lots were full of manual transmission cars that they could not sell

  • B Rich

    Mazda’s global site has had tons of info on the 16x rotary motor for years(before I stopped working for them in 11′) and its only a matter of time before they put it in a car. A small company doesnt spend all the time and money designing a flagship powerplant they dont intend to use.

  • V. Michael

    As for buying a 20 year old car. BS!!!!!!! I got mine new in 2004. Yes Mazda put a new engine in it. This is the thing. Do not run 5w/20 oil in it. Run 10w/30. Most all of the problems go away. I am not blowing smoke. I am an ase tech 32 years now. I still have my car and am waiting for the next rotary car. I am sure we will see something by 2017.