Now there’s a new cause to celebrate, as speculations about Mazda’s plan to revive the RX-7 have been given a boost with the news that official sketches have been completed under the direction of new Mazda design chief Ikua Maeda. And we can only hope it will resemble the Furai.
According to the Autocar Magazine, Mr. Maeda is lobbying hard with Mazda to get the new sports model built around the new generation Renesis 16X rotary engine. The new engine features a longer stroke and direct injection. It is expected to reach 300 bhp in the turbocharged form. This is quite impressive, as the Renesis 16X rotary engine has a displacement equivalent to only 1.6 liters.
Autocar Magazine also suggests that a new RX-7 concept version could be available as early as next year, but details remain extremely sketchy. Looking to the past RX-7 generations we can safely assume that the Japanese will keep the two-seat configuration.
The Renesis 16X engine was also featured on the Mazda Taiki concept car revealed back in 2007 when all the speculation about the new RX-7 started. Build it, Mazda. Build it.