Mazda confirms new rotary-engined sports car for 2017

Article by Christian A., 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.

The Japanese carmaker gave the new Mazda RX-8 a sportily sculpted exterior as well as a number of design enhancements meant to freshen its styling and provide the new sports car a new appearance without messing up the basic design theme.

For instance, the new Mazda RX-8 is provided with restyled bumpers (front and rear) and a restyled front fascia. The new sports car is also provided with sporty headlamps and rear lights as well as larger exhaust pipes (90 mm across).

Mazda has also given the new RX-8 a new five-spoke wheel which has a sporty design that evokes a rotary engine. Each wheel size has its own spoke arrangement. The new Mazda RX-8 boasts of classic sports car proportion and taut muscular lines, as boosted by a Zoom-Zoom edge.

Astoundingly, the new RX-8 is provided with a "freestyle" four-door design that serves as a confirmation that a true sports car doesn’t compromise space or convenience just to achieve performance.

Thanks to the design of the rear-hinged rear doors, the opening is large enough to allow adult passengers to enter or exit the RX-8 with ease while making it trouble-free to secure a baby or a small child in the rear seat. The rear cabin is large enough to accommodate four full-size adults while the size of the trunk could carry luggage to last for a week.

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