The Mazda RX-7 was suspended ten years ago, and ever since, a lot of rumors have been released. The model was replaced with a rotary-engine-powered RX-8 in 2004, but even so, the original thing has a special place in the lives of many sports car lovers worldwide. Last year in August, the production of this version of the Mazda stopped and since then, the carmaker does not have this kind of model in its lineup. Fans can breathe now as Asian sports car manufacturer Mazda has plans of introducing a new version of the Mazda RX-7 which is scheduled for 2017.
The announcement was made during the presentation of the MX-5 roadster in Australia. In 2017 the carmaker will celebrate 50 years since their first model powered by a Wankel engine, the Cosmo Sport, which has been introduced back in 1967. Unfortunately, there are no specifications available for now, at least no final ones. The RX-8 was powered by a 1.3-liter 13B Renesis which was replaced by the 16X, a 1.6-liter unit. This was actually introduced for the first time five years ago, but it was never used to power any Mazda production models. Because the engineers will use a special catalyst, the engine will have no problems meeting the stricter Euro VI emission regulations that will be available starting 2017.
According to the carmaker, the 16X is capable of generating 295 horsepower in normally aspirated form. A turbocharged variant is not completely out of the question, but since its priorities are instant throttle response and linear power delivery, this is not such a good idea. The new 2017 Mazda RX-8 will use a MX-5 platform which means it will be lighter than the 3rd generation model; it will weight around 1.250 kg. The specialists will use lightweight materials like, for example aluminum. They will not use carbon fiber because it is quite expensive. According to the manufacturer a true sports car should have an internal combustion engine and not a hybrid or KERS systems. The price is expected to be quite high considering it will be designed to be a premium compact, but more info will be released later.
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