Design chief admits two-seat, rotary-powered RX-7 has been drawn up
20 October 2009

Mazda wants to make sportier cars and a new RX-7 is on the drawing board, the company's new design boss has revealed to Autocar.

Speaking on the eve of tomorrow's Tokyo motor show, Ikuo Maeda told Autocar that he has done sketches of an RX-7 replacement and is keen to push through a new two-seater sports car.

"We really want to have an RX-7 and if the market allows us to build it we will have it ready," he said.

Maeda gave strong hints that he is currently pursuading other senior Mazda bosses to give the new sports car the green light.

Maeda also revealed that a new RX-7 would be a two-seater and would likely be powered by a rotary engine, like all of its predecessors.

Maeda also wants to rejuvinate the entire Mazda line-up, and is focusing on attracting "enthusiastic" customers and pushing the brand upmarket by addressing the quality of the company's interiors.

The first fruits of the Maeda's thinking is likely to be seen in a concept car shown next year.

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20 October 2009

Sounds interesting....push the RX8 up to full GT status and stick with the 4 seat, introduce a new lighter smaller 2 seater performance coupe and then prop them both up with a (decent?) MX5 Roadster. I like the idea of using a smaller rotary engine for a new RX7 but then, I've never actually run one.

20 October 2009

I think this Mazda guy is missing the point. The last thing that anyone will want to buy in 2-3yrs time is another hideously inefficient rotary engine. The Co2 figures on those things are off the scale and won't prove popular with western buyers - especially if a showroom tax is introduced.

Good to hear them admit their interiors aren't up to scratch though - about time.

20 October 2009

Good news, I guess. What would be even better is if the sketches bear resemblance with RX8 rather than MX5.

20 October 2009

A modern Mazda interior is no worse and in some cases a damn site better than their rivals.

20 October 2009

Wankel engine = high CO2 = bad idea.

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