The rumor mill surrounding Mazda’s RX models continue to churn.
A new report claims that the Japanese automaker is planning to reveal an all-new RX-7 in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first rotary model debut while the RX-9 will come in 2020 to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary. According to a senior Mazda executive, the company plans to “surprise everyone in 2017 with something special to celebrate the birth of rotary,” though that doesn’t exactly mean it’ll be an RX-7. The person elaborated that Mazda will then celebrate its 100th birthday by taking it to another level in 2020.
While it’s not completely out of the question that Mazda has a new RX model in the works along with a new rotary engine, the report also states that the RX-9 will use a two-stage turbo system that incorporates an “electric turbo assist” that engages at low rpm while the standard turbo will chime in at higher revs. The plan for the two-stage turbo setup is to help combat all the negatives associated with a rotary engine, namely poor fuel economy, emissions, excessive oil use and weak mid-range torque.
We advise taking these rumors with a grain of salt, as speculation surrounding the future of the RX nameplate and Mazda’s rotary engines has been rumored for years. The company hasn’t made its own announcement regarding the models’ developments, but we can continue hoping.
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