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Mazda Kabura Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ikuo Maeda, Mazda's design overlord, designed the soon-to-be-Stateside Mazda2. He also penned the Mazda RX-8, following quite literally the path his father laid before him: Maeda's father created the original Mazda RX-7. Now Maeda wants to bring the RX-7 back to life, saying "I do have a strong yearning to revive the RX-7 during my tenure."

Even though many enthusiasts would like nothing more than for Mazda to tap that root, we have heard that other Mazda officials queried on the subject poo-pooed the idea, asking "Why go backwards?" If we were to answer, we'd say "Because things were awesome back then. Except for the warranty claims..." That latter point being another reason the last RX-7 is not exactly a fond memory for the Japanese brand.

For it to have any chance at all, though, Maeda said "... we need the U.S. economy to come back, first and foremost." We hereby give you our permission to begin buying everything.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      We've got 24 miles per gallon to FB, so it depends how you drive, is as you eat, and if you're like, how me like to hear the engine at 8,500 rpm, never will give you the mileage, so it all depends on the maintenance and how to handle the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello everyone! I think that Mazda should do a mixture of the 3 generations of the Mazda RX-7, For in my house we had two SA22C or FB, which I am fascinated by that are easy to handle, how small they are and how light, 2,300 lbs, but the venerable and durable motor 12A, I've ridden in the FC and FD. The FB and FD are the most similar, that are conducted in a matter of equal handling and grip. The heart that if I like something Mazda's engineers have left untouched, in its engine as the Turbo II, I think the 13B-REW engine had endured a little over the peels to give these engines with turbo The metering pump, which is what Inject the oil on these engines in prime condition and maintains the flow of oil in the engine and would last much longer and clear that if people get the maintenance on these engines as they should be checking oil and believe me that would last a while. I am a lover of the rotary engine, I like the RX-7 and RX-8 engines are simple and easy to reassemble and I like the sound is very different, much more when you have brigde ports, plus the easy that is to extract many horses with little money, I've seen 12A engine, 1.1 liters, up to 400 horsepower, the 13B with everything and turbo 600 horsepower, the 3-rotor (20B) with a single turbo in the 700 horsepower, goes without saying two or three turbo until I saw it, and all 4 rotors (26B), I've seen on the 1,000 horsepower, engines are lighter. If you know a good rotary engine work, you can get anything you want. I have had the experience with my FB, the outside that says nothing, a sleeper, but the next one hears, brap, brap, brap, you know, this FB is the devil
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have always regarded Mazda as an under rated company. I have found them to be innovative producers of tough, reliable vehicles on par with any of their competitors. Mazda have taken chances with odd ball ideas and succeeded in the main. Having used their vehicles in Third World countries where endurance with poor maintenance is the norm, the Mazda always excelled. We currently have two Mazda CX9 vehicles in the family, each performing flawlessly with service work being the only need. Excellent quality, good service back up and a must to buy again. The Mazda is the only Japanese car I have used, the only one I would consider buying were I not a Detroit nut!.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now the question is when will Nissan revive Silvia? Toyota is already working on new 86, and Mazda is planning to revive RX-7.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's funny that so many people are being critical. Especially since the Kabura concept is several years old.

      On the subject of oil, if the consumption is *that* bad- something is wrong with the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To bad Mazda doesn't have the same designers as the First generation RX7's, those were good looking. Please, no more happy face Mazda's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always thought the second and third RX7s were some of Mazda's best ever. The first gen RX7 always looked just slightly odd to me.

        But everybody has different tastes.

        On days that I like Ferraris, and other angular cars, the FC RX7 is in that list of nicely straight and clean designs.

        On other days that I like Porsches, Jags, and Aston Martins... the FD RX7 is in that list of gracious and organic forms.

        1st gen, and the RX8 have an B-pillar and rear window wrap angle that always struck me as just a bit odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it back, but without the rotary engine. The current RX-8 gets worse gas mileage than my 2008 Z06, and with half the horsepower. Even a forced induction Miata engine makes more sense.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I say to hell with mazda/ honda/ toyota/ and all the rest of the imports.......BE A AMERICAN, BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS.. And while we're at it, burn down Wall Mart with all it's junk made in China. first thing that needs to be done is close the revoling door in Congress. fire all the senators, and the Muslim dictator and all his funkies. Lets start over, return to (under God we trust)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever it looks like in the end, I just wish it would just stay the heck out of our market. Let it stay in Japan where it belongs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Post #18 had it right. This series of posts is a true testament to the stupidity of my fellow Americans. It's amazing how many people spout information they've heard about rotaries as if they were facts. 90%of the posters on this topic have no idea what they're talking about.

      Apex seals don't overheat, lol. They're not glorified rubber o-rings. Pre-detonation kills apex seals, and that is usually the fault of some idiot thinking he knows what a rotary is and how it works. Make the Rx-7 again, make it bad on gas mileage, give it it's rotary, ignore the larger market as you have in the past. Mazda's Rx7 was built not for all to like, but for some to love. If you want a traditional motor in your car, Mazda has one of the top rated forced induction reciprocating engines out there, it's right under the hood of their Mazdaspeed3.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Wankel/Rotary engine should be laid to rest or have it only in those super expensive niche sports cars. The big strikes against it are fuel efficiency and torque. And when it's turbocharged then the issue of apex seals overheating and wearing out prematurely come into play. I would take solid steel piston rings any day to seal my engine instead of glorified rubber O-rings! It was a fun experiment while it lasted but it's time to relagate that engine configuration to the scrap heap, esp when gas starts inching up towards the $4.00/gallon mark again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's weird, but that lead photo of the car coming at you looks - at least to me - slightly like the Chevy SSR convertible pickup truck (i.e., not that great!)
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