Is the Mazda RX-7 coming back?

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Mazda RX-2 rotary engine badge

Word from Autocar in the UK says the Mazda RX-7 is on its way back and it will be on sale before the end of 2016.

It’s only 18 months or so since the world lost the rotary engine for good. Or so we thought. While Mazda officials are officially saying there are “no concrete plans” to revive the RX-7, unofficially they’re reportedly saying plans are well underway.

Adding to the nostalgia is the suggestion that Ikuo Maeda is the chief designer for the project. His old man was Mazda’s design chief back in the 1970s when the RX-7 was helping Mazda forge its name in the motoring world.

Maeda says he’s not sure what the 21st century RX-7 will look like, but does add: “I want it built before I retire!”

It’s predicted the new RX-7 engine will feature a twin-rotor arrangement of around 600cc per-rotor. Expected to be normally aspirated, peak power should be around 185kW (250hp).

Meanwhile, Mazda’s global marketing boss, Masahiro Moro, remains cautious, saying: “I just don’t see the right numbers in the equation yet.”

[Source: Autocar | Pic: Car Type]