New Mazda RX-7 Scheduled for 2016 Launch

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • B Rich B Rich on Jul 02, 2014

    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 V. Michael on Jul 24, 2015

    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.