Mazda RX-7 Could Return Sooner Than 2017: Report

Tony O'Kane | Aug 19, 2013

When Mazda sports car chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto revealed to TMR late last year that the RX-7 will return in 2017, we were understandably excited.

After all, the promise of a successor to the finely honed last-gen RX-7 had enthusiasts everywhere wet with anticipation. (The post went ballistic on TMR.)

Now, if the leaks reported to be filtering out from inside Mazda are to be believed, its next-gen rotary engine may make it to market slightly sooner than 2017.

Despite the best attempts of many brands, Mazda has been the only one who has achieved true success with the Wankel rotary engine.

However Mazda dropped the rotary from its powertrain portfolio last year, when the RX-8 made its final run down the production line.

It's far from dead though - Yamamoto-san confirmed as much to us when he said the all-new 16X rotary (above) will power the next-generation RX-7. It will, however, be a very different beast to the 13B-MSP that propelled the RX-8 (below).

According to an unnamed Mazda insider quoted in the latest report, the production version of the 16X will not only have 300CC more displacement than the 13B, but will also boast more torque.

This added torque will aid driveability, while fuel economy and oil consumption are also key areas where the 16X is expected to improve over the 13B.

We already know from Yamamoto-san's discussion with us that the new RX-7 will most likely be naturally-aspirated, with a power output in the region of 220kW.

The insider also reportedly said that the 16X will make its debut in a production car in around two years time.

This could mean that either the RX-7 will be revealed two years earlier than expected at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, or that Mazda will be applying the rotary engine to more than one model. Watch this space.

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  • Milkman says,
    2 years ago
    Just put a 2.0 litre turbo in it, mix in some SkyActive wizz bang and release in 2014/15... and probably call it an MX-6, so not to upset the Rotary snobs bleh
    • Shifty says,
      2 years ago
      Why did you even read this article in the first place if that's how you feel?
  • slap says,
    2 years ago
    The other model they are talking about has been reported elsewhere is a range extender that will couple a low reving rotary with a electric drivetrain.
  • CAZZO says,
    2 years ago
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    MAZDA "you should see us now" had a LOT of problems with the last RX8 rotary donks, less than NSU inventor if that makes u feel

    Having to carry a bottle of oil and topping up as a usual operating procedure, lack of torque, guzzle of fuel, and having to rev it hard [it ok wont damage smile0 would do my head in.

    RX8 with the 305BHP 3.7V6 [out of the CX9 and Mustang6, same/same ] would have hit the spot for mine.
    • John says,
      1 year ago
      RX = Rotary engine genius...
      No Rotary no RX badge!
  • Doctor says,
    2 years ago
    Longer stroke? What? Does the accelerator pedal move further?
  • MotorMouth says,
    2 years ago
    I don't know why they haven't just stuck a rotary into the MX-5 and called it RX-5. It would be the perfect track day combo that would embarrass the hell out of a lot of very expensive cars.
    • timmy201 says,
      2 years ago
      The RX-5 was around in the 70's... it was a GT cruiser based on the 121 coupe
    • Dave says,
      1 year ago
      Couldn't agree more. And with the weight reduction of the fourth gen, you have an already fantastic handing car that with the new rotary would sport specs close to a Lotus Elise which costs much more.
  • Motor Brain says,
    2 years ago
    Macho rolleyes
  • Tony says,
    1 year ago
    More rotarys start putting them in more Mazda models people will buy
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