The latest big announcement about the 2017 Mazda RX-7 came at the recent Tokyo Motor Show. It appears that we are finally getting the new and long-awaited version of the popular RX-7 which people have been craving for a while. The formal confirmation came with the announcement and showcasing of the RX-Vision concept model which was presented in Tokyo, followed but some spectacular news about the future model.
What we were finally able to learn is that the car is going to adopt Mazda’s KODO design style that is certainly going to make it popular. But the bigger news comes with the announcement of what we are going to get under the hood. The new generation rotary engine is currently being developed and is going to be fitted inside the model. This might come as a surprise but it is actually the best news that we have heard about the release so far, particularly as they are making it more fuel efficient than before.
But the fact still remains that the engine is still in its developing stage and might still take a little bit more time to finish. Despite being in its advanced stages of development currently, the engine might still take a while which might push the release date even further. We are hoping for a next year release but it might seem that we will need to wait perhaps till the end of next year for the vehicle to come.
Nevertheless, we waited for this long so we can wait a bit more if the car is going to be what they say it will. We are expecting to find out more information about the car as the date gets nearer but for now you can check the review and find out the currently available information and also see the recently released pictures from the Tokyo Motor Show.
2017 Mazda RX-7 engine news
The biggest news and at the same time the biggest mystery is regarding the drivetrain of the 2017 Mazda RX-7. The only thing that Mazda has confirmed so far is that the model is going to use a Wankel engine called the SkyActiv-R. There has been some hints that the engine is going to be turbocharged and that it might compete in the same segment as the Porsche Cayman vehicle. Judging based on the output of the Cayman and the overall weight of the RX-7, which is generally lighter than the Porsche at 2,700 pounds, we are looking at a possible output of 250 horsepower. This is something that the vehicle needs to make if it is going to be competitive in this segment.
The possible specs about this car are assumed at an acceleration to 0-60 mph of around 5 seconds. The top speed is also expected to be around 150 mph, making it entirely competitive in the sports car segment that they are planning to present it in. The better fuel rates and lesser CO2 emissions are going to be a big part of the engine’s design and may come to the same level as a standard petrol engine. All in all these are some spectacular news about the car which we are excited to get to know in person.
2017 Mazda RX-7 exterior design
The 2017 Mazda RX-7 is going to base its design on the concept model which was presented at the Tokyo show. Of course, the end result is going to be largely different as we expect some big changes to happen to the actual production model in the end. It is going to retain the same level of the aggressiveness that we have seen in the concept but we see that the sloping and low roofline is going to be removed from the mix and not used in the production level as it may impact the spacing and the shoulder length.
The profile of the car is bolstered by a taller roof with a less raked windscreen part. Also there are going to be some noticeably enhanced B-pillars which are also going to be bolstered by chrome window surrounds. Production car handles are also made possible here and there is certainly going to be a slightly larger grille made available to the front. The design of the wheels is going to be a multi spoke wheel design.
The front area will benefit from a new bumper and headlamp design, with the already motioned larger grille. We also expect the production model to gain chrome surrounds with a horizontal slat which is something that is seen on the current model of the Mazda. The back part of the concept is perhaps its weakest link and we see it as something that will most certainly be changed. A new tailgate and some slightly revised taillights are to be expected at this point.
The concept model for the 2017 Mazda RX-7 has been given a surprisingly clean interior, which is somewhat rare for a concept car. But some minor things are going to be changed for the production model like a new instrument cluster, the center console and the door panels. We actually might get a standard RX-7 center stack but with some revised button configuration. The infotainment system is going to be upgraded as well and we expect a large display to bolster the overall fun aspect of the car.
The interior is going to retain the large amounts of leather and aluminum that we have seen. but unfortunately only for the higher trims of the car. The fact is that Mazda vehicle like the MX-5 or the RX-7 need to be made a bit more affordable compared to its rivals, thus this one needs to tone it down a bit on the luxury in order to achieve that. But the bottom line is that the cabin is going to be sporty and will also come in two-tone options.
Price and release date
As we said, the 2017 Mazda RX-7 is still in its developing stages, which particularly concerns the engine. The car is certainly going to be released by next year but it will depend on the mechanics when that day is going to be. We are expecting a price of around $35,000 for the base trim.