The Rx-7 was, perhaps, one of the sexiest cars ever produced by a Japanese car maker. A car that has become one of those glorified icons of Japanese performance and Mazda is thinking about bringing it back to life, in 2017. If the future Rx-7 was to be confirmed and follows the ideology of putting the driver above all else; could mean a huge smile on many people’s faces.
A whole generation of car enthusiasts were raised on the past couple of decades of the glory of seeing such cars becoming tuning and street icons. Slightly similar, to how the Ford Mustang grew as an icon among generations of drivers.
The new RX-7 will supposedly draw its power from the automaker’s latest Wankel engine, the 16X, which was officially revealed back in 2007. It has yet to see use in a production car, and the upcoming occasion seems like the ideal time to make that happen. This new 1.6-liter rotary engine is reportedly capable of producing up to 300 horsepower without requiring the use of a turbocharger. Yamamoto is not in favor of turbocharging, claiming that he prefers the linearity of power delivery instead of the inevitable turbo lag.
The issue of reliability is also something to be worked out because previous Wankel engines required a lot of maintenance, including frequent oil changes. Failing to do so would result in major problems. If Mazda has decided on whether to utilize hybrid technology at some level, then it’s choosing to keep it quiet for now. Expected to borrow a stretched version of the platform that will underpin the next-gen MX-5 Miata, the new RX-7 would likely be a strict two-seater for North America and Europe, but pack a small rear bench for the Japanese version.