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Report: New Mazda RX-7 May Replace RX-8

 
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2007 Mazda Furai Concept

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You have to hand it to Mazda. When many of its rivals are bumping up the displacement of their sports car engines and adding forced induction technology in an effort to draw more power, Mazda is sticking to its rotary heritage for both its current and future generation of sports cars.

The Japanese automaker is reportedly working on a successor to its ultra-sexy FD RX-7, which bowed out of the market in the earlier part of the decade. An inside source has revealed to Edmunds that not only is a new RX-7 in the works but a brand new Renesis rotary engine is too. The story doesn't end there as the same sources has said that the new RX-7 may actually replace the slow-selling and relatively expensive RX-8.

Due for launch in late 2011, the new car is expected to eschew outright performance and prestige in favor of affordability and reliability. Mazda is reportedly looking to evoke the character of the original RX-7 (sold in the U.S. from 1979-1985) by keeping output around the 200-250 horsepower mark and prices well below $30,000. This will make the new car an ideal competitor to the likes of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and upcoming Toyota and Subaru joint sports cars.

Styling is expected to be influenced by 2007’s race-inspired Furai concept car (pictured) as well the 2008 Takai concept.

As for its powerplant, Mazda will use a new generation rotary engine dubbed the Renesis 16X, which it has already previewed in concept form. While this engine is capable of developing power levels upwards of 350 horsepower, Mazda will choose a more modest power output while focusing on lowering the weight of the engine itself and improving reliability and fuel consumption--two of the biggest problems with the current 13B unit found in the RX-8.

For more details on the next-generation RX-7, check out our previous story by clicking here.

[Edmunds]

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Comments (9)
  1. I seriously considered both the RX-7 and the RX-8 when I came to buy a car a couple of years ago. I don't think Mazda realizes that the appalling fuel consumption and comparatively high cost of ownership (&*^%$# unreliable thirsty rotary engines) just kill this model! If they just put a normal engine in this car, I'd trade my MR2 in tomorrow.
     
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  2. I didn't give up getting good mileage for the sound of a Wankel. I gave it up because rotaries are smoother and they like to stay at high rpms. I also like the fact that my 1.3 liter engine puts out 300+ HP. Rotaries smell better too... especially if you premix.
     
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  3. The RX8 had issues from the beginning - everything from false advertising of HP & replacing all the engines ... hope this one is better.
     
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  4. My dad almost bought the Mazda Rx-8 in 2003, but the fuel consumption was too high for the car. So, he bought the mazda 6.
     
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  5. An RX is nothing without a rotary.
    But at the same time, you can get a more powerful and more luxurious car that gets the same mileage. And even though rotaries get incredible amounts of horsepower they lack torque, and that's what matters when you're on public roads.
     
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  6. I liked the RX-7s from the late 80s before the car was redesigned to compete with the Nissan Z, and got really expensive. That generation was moderately priced, fun to drive and fairly large for a sports car. Bring back the cheap fun.
     
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  7. Owned a 91 MR2, 2000 MR2 spyder, and now a RX-8, the 91 was by far the best car of them in terms of handling, however it is the rotary that makes the RX-8 so appealing.
     
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  8. New mazda RX7 edition will replace the highly priced and slow selling RX-8, this new edition will be launched in late 2011. It will generate 200-250 horsepower and price of this car will be priced below $30,000. For more details refer http://www.automotivecraze.com/mazda-rx-7-may-swap-rx-8/
     
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  9. RX-8 has an edge over the rivals. Specially the styling is top class.
     
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