Finally, here’s the future 2018 Mazda RX-7. Everyone knows the RX-7 today, but things were a lot more different in the past. The car that put the RX-7 at the top of Japanese engineering was the last model, the FD, a car which still is one of the most desired models ever made and that’s not only thanks to its unique engine but also to the way it looks. The last RX-7 still looks, more than 20 years after it was released, like a new car with really clean lines and a sculpted look which could embarrass even the best looking modern cars out there. Unfortunately, the car was discontinued quite some time ago and its successor, the RX-8, has been missing from the market since 2012 which means that Mazda has been missing on a huge opportunity.
Not too long ago though they released the RX Vision concept car and little after that a Mazda official said that they are still developing the rotary engine and that they will show it in a couple of years when at the 50th Anniversary of the rotary engine which should be quite impressive to see. The more interesting part is that the engine will very likely be released on the 2018 Mazda RX-7, a car rumored for more than ten years that may finally be offered as a true production model.
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Price details and predictions
Following its roots, the mid-front engine, as well as the rear wheel drive chassis, are going to be carried over, but most of the car will be an all new model. One of the questions everyone is asking is how expensive it will be? Well, from the looks of it the upcoming RX-7 might get closer to $60,000, the price at which cars like the Cayman or the next Supra will give it some competition for sure.
New Design – Interior & Exterior
Being based on the RX Vision concept, the upcoming 2018 Mazda RX-7 should be one of the most impressive looking cars in the recent years and even though it will definitely be a bit more different than the Vision, just the fact that Mazda might borrow design elements from the FD RX-7 makes us shiver at the thought of how good the upcoming RX-7 is going to look. The long hood coupled with Mazda’s new design scheme and the low aspect of the coupe will make for a very beautiful car to look at.
The production model is also expected to be slightly taller than the concept car which had a low roofline in order to create the aggressive look Mazda wanted. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t make much sense for a production vehicle, so it is unlikely going to be carried over.
An Upgraded Interior
The most important feature of the RX-7 has always been the way it drives and the comfort of its passengers so the future 2018 Mazda RX-7 should not be all that different. However, this time around the model is likely going to borrow parts from their other ongoing cars such as the dashboard and the steering wheel from the MX-5 or the equipment level from the larger Mazda6.
The seats, on the other hand, are going to be unique to it and even though it will feature only two seats, we expect the RX-7 to feature folding seats in order to allow its passengers to store luggage on a rear shelf because the trunk is most likely going to be quite small.
2018 Mazda RX-7 Engine
The rotary engine has always been the trademark for the RX models, and the 2018 RX-7 will make no exception. While currently unconfirmed, the future RX-7 will definitely boast a rotary engine despite the problems it had in the past. This time around, in order to provide a more reliable and also robust powertrain, Mazda is likely going to increase the total displacement of the engine, and they are going to add turbos, just like they did with the FD model.
The displacement of the new engine is expected to be just 1.6 liters, more than enough for a two-rotor engine. This will be boosted by a couple of sequential turbochargers, just like the FD. However, thanks to the larger displacement, much improved Apex seals and also an all new electric supercharger which will work at low engine loads, the new RX-7 should not only offer more than 400 horsepower, but it should also be able to be a lot more reliable than before and with a help of a manual gearbox, the car is definitely going to become a driver’s dream.