According to the latest reports, Mazda is planning to bring back the RX-7 sports car somewhere in 2015 or 2016. The new vehicle will debut with a next-generation rotary engine rated at 250 hp and will cost around $30,000, which means that it will be more affordable than a Porsche Cayman but more expensive than a Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86.
AutoWeek says that the new rotary engine is currently under development, while the new RX-7 will use the same platform as the MX-5. Although Mazda said that it has no concrete pans for a new RX7, sources confirmed the fact that the vehicle, as well as the engine, are underway. Mazda also included the new RX-7 in its long-term product plan, which was announced at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Still, the final design is far away and Mazda chief Ikuo Maeda is supervising the work. But we are waiting for something big as Maeda’s father was the design boss in the 1970s when Mazda created the original RX-7. Mazda’s rotary engine capacity is around 600cc per rotor, smaller than RX-8’s 650cc. Still, Mazda has yet to decide between twin or triple rotors.
A twin rotor is likely, which means that the RX-7 engine will be a 1.2-liter and the equivalent to a conventional 2.4-liter. Mazda has to use a lightweight chassis in order to keep the RX-7 as a rival for cars such as the Nissan 370Z and also keep its enthusiasts happy. The next-generation MX-5 will weigh around 2,400 pounds, meaning that the RX-7 should weigh around 2,800 pounds.