Mazda will stick with rotary technology for a new turbocharged RX-7, due in 2013
23 July 2010

Mazda is planning a turbocharged successor to the much-missed RX-7 that could arrive as soon as 2013.

The new RX-7, which could be called RX-9, according to insiders, will retain the rotary Renesis technology employed by its predecessors and the RX-8.

See Autocar's exclusive rendering of the new Mazda RX-7

This is despite the RX-8 – production of which will end next month – suffering from a shortage of torque and poor fuel economy.

But Mazda is considering a wide range of radical options to help the powerplant deliver better economy and the torque required to keep pace with rivals like the VW Scirocco.

One source told us: “We’re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger.”

The new model is seen as ideal candidate for the Nagare design language, which is inspired by nature – in particular, wind and flowing water – and produced five highly rated concepts in 2006 and 2007.

Nagare will not feature on any future Mazda concept cars (the firm will reveal a new design direction in the autumn) but it will still make it on to the firm’s upcoming production cars, including the newly launched 5.

Employing Nagare’s side panel creases should prove a more straightforward process on the RX-9 sports car.

Peter Lyon

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21 July 2010

As soon as 2013?

It's 3 years too late, the plan was active many years ago.

so far this is a story of failure. but i hope they make something good, and different from the others.

12 December 2012

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21 July 2010

They need to make the RX electric and use the Wankel as a range extender, nothing more. That'll sort the torque issues!

Or maybe they could go for a parallel hybrid setup?

21 July 2010

Let's have a car along the lines of the 3rd generation RX-7, sub 1300kg and 330bhp+

21 July 2010

I'm soo happy a little bit of juice came from my private area! Please don't screw it up Mazda, the RX8 was alright but the RX7 was an icon!!

21 July 2010

Instead of the 'shopped RX8 picture, have a look at this designers work on an RX9 - he's used the Nagare design language very well!

http://the-ic.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2tz3di

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21 July 2010

When the last RX7 was first released (was it 1992?) as a Series 6, at the time it looked just as convincing as anything Ferrari had to offer... it still looks amazing today...

I think Mazda will end up botching it up as they did with the toned-down RX8... but if they wanted to, they could give us something as equally stunning as the last RX7...

I won't be holding my breath, though...


21 July 2010

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Instead of the 'shopped RX8 picture, have a look at this designers work on an RX9 - he's used the Nagare design language very well!

http://the-ic.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2tz3di

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Nice pictures, thanks. I agree with Versace about the last RX-7 styling. The exterior design still looks fresh today. Fingers x'd for an icon.

21 July 2010

One source told us: “We’re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger.” (Quote)

Surely an electric turbocharger is a supercharger ? A turbocharger is a supercharger driven by exhaust gasses.

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