• Jul 8, 2009
Ever since Mazda revived its Wankel rotary program in 2004 with the RX-8, the internet rumormill has constantly been abuzz with reports of a proper two-door RX-7 variant. The latest such rumor comes by way of Japanese magazine Best Car (via JDM-centric website 7Tune.com), which indicates the new sportscar has a 55% chance of making an appearance at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show in October.

We understand that Mazda's continual development of its rotary engine technology is likely to bring a displacement boost from 1.3- to 1.6-liters for the next RX model – whatever and whenever that may be – along with the seemingly contradictory qualities of more power, cleaner emissions and lower fuel consumption.

Naturally, Best Car provides a rendering of the supposed RX-7 to go along with the speculation of an October debut. Drawing inspiration from the expressive styling language from Mazda's recent concept cars along with a hearty dose of the happy-go-lucky expression of the current Mazda3. We'll see if there's any truth to this report in, oh, about three months.

[Source: 7Tune.com | Image: Best Car]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks happier in yellow
      • 5 Years Ago
      every year, the magazines that 7-tune uses as sources say the same thing... i wouldn't count on it happening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think apart from the 6, thats the only car that looks good with the grill. I hope that it turns out somewhat like the Kabura, not so much Nagare.

      In anycase, an RX-7 is always good news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will the Pep Boys and J.C. Whitney sell "grille teeth" for it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bob Hall had mention awhile back on the Miata forum, that Mazda was working on both a new RX-7 and a new small 2 seater (not MX-5).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have a nice day!
      • 5 Years Ago
      GRILLE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, that half quart of oil in between oil changes sure is tough work! Why does Mazda even bother with this engine!? I don't just have $3 lying around, nor do I have 30 seconds of free time to pour half of that HUGE jug of oil into my car.

      Seriously though, rotaries are a blast to drive - almost everyone who thinks they're boring either hasn't driven one or is approaching the car expecting a muscle car. I've driven Corvettes, M3s, 350Zs, the new GTO, and other high powered sports cars and I've never had as much fun as I had with my 8. I can't wait until I can afford to swap my Mazdaspeed 3 for a new rotary. The tiny, tiny bit of added maintenance is a small price to pay for the experience of driving an extraordinarily well balanced car. It's not all about speed.

      Also, for the record, I had 40,000 completely trouble-free miles with my RX8. Not so much as a rattle. I'm also very active within the rx8 community, and I've only seen one RX8 grenade (because it was running a turbo) - I have a few friends well north of 100,000 miles with no issue. Despite what your friends have told you, it's a very reliable car if you take care of it and keep it NA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope this rendering is way off. To me, it looks like a Mazda-ized Genesis Coupe, which itself is a Hyundai-ized G35. Do something NEW, Mazda!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Mazda builds another true sports car like the FD RX-7. The RX-8 was too much of a compromise with it's four door design. If Mazda can build a real sports car like the FD, but with the aforementioned qualities of more power, cleaner emissions, and less fuel consumption, it will be another enthusiasts car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's about time Mazda came up with something to replace the Furai elements.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car answers the question "what would a demon-possessed sports car look like?"

      Somebody at Mazda design needs to quit watching Disney/Pixar's "Cars" so often . . . .
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