Mazda RX-7 Still on Track
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However, it may seem like RX-7 is still on track, edmunds.com reported today quoting a Mazda insider. In addition, a new RX-8 might also be produced but marketed as RX-9, the insider stated.
But more importantly, the new model is expected to be much more advanced than the previous versions, with the new engine particularly focused on the two main must-have-during-the-economic-recession attributes: fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.
And because engine upgrades are not enough to achieve a higher fuel efficiency rating, Mazda will also install an all-new transmission system, this time a twin-clutch, two-pedal six-speed gearbox. Reducing the overall weight of the car is also an important task for Mazda's engineers which, according to the aforementioned publication, may be easily solved with the help of a new chassis.
As previously mentioned, this is only pure speculation, so we're still waiting for an official announcement to confirm the new-generation RX-7.
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On 10 February 2010 at 22:19 UTC, Al said:
As designer of the Renesis 16X, Furai and many other cars from other brands. I am retiring soon! So unless Mazda can convince me to sell the lastest designs of the next generation rotary engine. I wil be keeping these designs to myself. I don't think that the deal with Mazda is going to work. You will still be getting a RX7 but it will be with the watered version of the rotary engine (16X). I currently have plans for a much better power plant! I expect 380 - 410 HP but still have better fuel economy than the current RX8.
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