A new version, 2017 Mazda RX-7 will be available next year. What’s a world without Mazda’s rotary roadsters RX-7 and RX-8? A dull place, that’s right. Things could change, however as there are more than few rumors circulating about rotary engine’s revival for its fiftieth anniversary in couple of years.
2017 Mazda RX-7 is actually supposed to be a new model, most likely called RX-9. As much as we would love to see it, there are plenty of counter rumors which disregard the previous statement. And they have every right to do so. 2017 is quite near now, and where’s the concept vehicle? Will Japanese choose to reveal the concept in 2017 instead, and give us production-ready model some two or three years later? Plenty of questions and very few answers.
The Engine range
Well, rotary engines haven’t been around for a few years now, since RX-8 got the axe back in 2012. It wasn’t that long ago, and Japanese certainly didn’t forget how to make one. With that in mind, 2017 Mazda RX-7 should receive a twin-rotor engine with as much as 1.2L in displacement and a total output of around 250 horses. Even this info isn’t really a sure thing, but that’s everything we have at this point.
2017 Mazda RX-7 Design
Design should follow the lines of new Mazda MX-5, but with some cues that all RX models had in the past. We should see a new frontal fascia which corresponds with other nameplates in Mazda’s lineup. This basically means that new RX-7 concept and possible RX-9 successor could look better than ever. In any case, we have only few years to wait and see what’s going to happen.
Just like we can’t really speculate upon future concept’s or production ready model’s design, we can’t really discern too many features of its interior as well. We can only say that plastic is supposed to be dominant material, while some metallic accents and leather inserts in higher grades could slightly elevate its appeal. In fact, 2017 Mazda RX-7 should be quite similar to Miata in terms of cabin quality and feature list. Lastly, whether it’s going to be a 2-seater or will it come in 2+2 configuration, remains to be seen as well.
2017 Mazda RX-7 Price and MPG
One of the main reasons for abandoning an in-house trademark technology of rotary engines after almost half a century was the time factor. Technology just grew old and Japanese couldn’t figure out how to cope with a number of downsized and more fuel-efficient engines in their competitors’ cars.
What kind of fuel economy could be expected from new rotary engine is a thing we can’t speculate upon at this point, but we wouldn’t expect the car to become a class-leading model in this segment. As far as its price tag goes, some $30,000 is supposed to be a fair figure.
2017 Mazda RX-7 is still a rumor, but one which appears more frequently as days go by. It will most likely be a concept vehicle with a preview of new RX model down the line. This new model should be called RX-9 (that’s a no-brainer), but it doesn’t necessarily has to get a rotary engine. After the concept and rotary’s 50-year anniversary, it might be the time for its retirement.