After several years of reports, Mazda has actually finally validated that the beloved RX-7 will get a follower by the end of the decade. The verification came at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, where the Japanese brand revealed the RX-VISION, a front-engined, RWD principle that sports an aggressive interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design language. What’s more, the company likewise confirmed it will have a new-generation rotary engine under the hood. Mazda didn’t state when the production car will arrive in display rooms, but it seems that the next-gen RX-7’s advancement depends upon how fast the engineers can come up with a dependable and fuel-efficient Wankel powerplant.
In advance, we anticipate the 2018 Mazda RX-7 to get a modified grille and bumper and a brand-new pair of headlamps. Listed below, the bumper side intakes are a bit bigger in our rendering, while the splitter and the center section remained unchanged. The headlamps must get the most changes, as the concept’s slim systems are far too unique for a production vehicle. However, even though the lower area will more than likely be based upon Mazda’s current headlamp design, the upper, curved LED strip could find its way on the production car.
Unlike lots of idea cars, the RX-VISION received a clean and easy interior that could go into production today. However, Mazda will more than likely change a couple of things occasionally, such as the instrument cluster, the door panels, and the center console. The latter is most likely to receive the most revisions, as the RX-7 will receive a basic center stack with different buttons and knobs. An infotainment system and a big display must likewise be included, however it remains to be seen whether the screen will be mounted atop the control panel– like seen in many modern-day Mazda vehicles– or included into the center stack. Likewise look for a multi-function wheel and a more extensive instrument cluster behind it.
The drivetrain is the 2018 Mazda RX-7 most significant mystery up until now, as Mazda has absolutely nothing to say about the engine aside from the fact that it will be a Wankel and called the SkyActiv-R. A company representative, nevertheless, hinted that it might use turbocharging and that the cars will be targeted at the Porsche Cayman. Given the German coupe comes with at least 275 horsepower in base trim, the RX-7, which will be lighter than the Cayman at around 2,700 pounds, would require a minimum of 250 horses to make an effect in this specific niche. Expect a 0-to-60 mph sprint of around five seconds and a top speed of at least 150 mph.
It’s definitely too early to speak about costs, however it’s safe to assume that the 2018 Mazda RX-7 will become Mazda’s most costly item in the existing lineup. The final sticker label depends upon numerous aspects, but the cars will more than likely expense more than $35,000 in base trim. The much anticipated debut is rumored to take place in the 2017.