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.
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.
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