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.
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.