Mazda is reportedly working on turbocharged successor to its RX-7, with the vehicle's earliest expected release date being 2013.
With the next RX-7, which could be called RX-9, Mazda will focus on improving fuel consumption and torque required to keep pace with rivals like the VW Scirocco. A Mazda source said: "We're testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger."
Mazda hinted at the development of a new RX-7 with the unveiling of the Taiki concept car back in 2007. The two-seater concept debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show and featured a naturally aspirated 16X twin rotor Renesis rotary engine, which will also power the next generation RX-7.
The Renesis rotary engine is a 1.6 Liter twin rotor motor and is expected to develop up to 270hp (201kW), with a fuel consumption 20% lower than the previous generation 1.3L 13B unit in the FD RX-7. Drive will be sent to the rear wheels via a newly developed six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The new gearbox will feature a special option that will allow drivers to set the rpm levels at which the clutches engage.
Finally, engineers will also focus on keeping weight to a minimum, with the new Mazda RX-7 expected to the tip the scales at around the 2,640lb (1,200kg) range.
Insiders are also saying the new RX-9 will include the current Nagare design language, which uses wind and flowing water as inspiration.
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