The only rotary-powered car has been discontinued back in 2012 and people said that it was also going to be the last due to the problems a rotary engine has. However, last year Mazda showcased the RX-Vision concept car which is in fact using a Wankel-engine and they also stated not too long after that their rotary engine is alive and well and also under development. There are still no official details about this new engine but it seems it will be based on the previous 1.3 liter unit they had in the RX-8 but more on that later.
The new engine is expected to be released at its 50th anniversary and with it we should also see the 2018 Mazda RX-7 which is expected to be a complete rethink of what a sports car should be.
The car will likely be based on their Vision concept car and with it a new rear wheel drive platform is going to be released. Like before the platform is expected to feature a few things in common with the one on which the MX-5 is built on. The interesting part is that the new MX-5 platform is one of the lightest out there and the RX-7 will certainly take advantage of that.
Mazda doesn’t really have to do much about the 2018 Mazda RX-7 in order to make a successful car because there are a lot of people out there absolutely in love with these types of engines and considering it will be the only one on the market it will certainly give it an edge.
2018 Mazda RX-7 Price
We expect them to offer the car for roughly $50,000 or little over that which will put it in the same ballpark as the new Supra.
Engine of Mazda RX-7
However, unlike the Supra which will be available with multiple engine choices, the RX-7, its chassis and its running gear are all going to be tweaked for a specific engine.
This should mean that it will be a far superior car in pretty much any conceivable way and considering that the previous models were no different it gives us great hope that Mazda is finally going to come with a good car once again. Even though we haven’t seen a single camouflaged model or even test mule we are pretty sure that Mazda is secretly testing their new engine.
Also, considering that the Vision concept is boasting a rotary engine means that the development process is nearly complete which means that in the next months we might finally see a camouflaged model of the car. The design should be similar to that of the concept but expect a taller body and a slightly more conventional cabin in order to make more room for its passengers.
Moving to the engine, the 2018 Mazda RX-7 is definitely going to get a Wankel rotary petrol engine. While at this point there are very few details about it, Mazda is definitely going to increase the displacement and inside info suggests a 1.6 liter displacement from two rotors.
On top of that, the engine will feature a sequential turbocharging system as well as an electric supercharger which is expected to boost the engine’s output at low rpm and allow it to stay in the torque curve for longer. While the Apex seals might still be a problem, Mazda is expected to solve this by introducing new materials and also a more efficient engine design.
We expect it to provide, in this particular application, around 400 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque and together with it Mazda should release some unique technologies for the engine in order to be more reliable in the long run which was also one of the problems of the previous models.