Mazda confirms new rotary-engined sports car for 2017

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 16, 2014

Earlier this year, we reported about the next-generation Mazda RX-7 that will use a new rotary engine. Today, a new report emerged online, this time from Britain’s AutoExpress magazine, who says that Mazda is indeed working on a new sports car powered by a rotary engine that will succeed the RX-7 and RX-8.

Set to arrive in 2017, the next-generation Mazda RX-7 will arrive just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Cosmo Sport, company’s first model using a Wankel rotary engine.

As you may know already, the Mazda RX-8 was not the most fuel-efficient sports car and needed lots of oil too, but this problem seems to be solved with the new ‘SkyActiv’ technology.

Moreover, the next-generation Mazda RX-8 will arrive as a coupe and will not feature four-doors like the current model. Also, it will be more powerful, as insiders told AutoExpress that the new RX-8 could have as much as 300 hp, delivered to the rear wheels.

The engine will be bolted to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Furthermore, the next-gen Mazda RX-8 is expected to be lighter than its predecessor.

Topics: mazda, sports car, engine

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