A new Mazda rotary sports car might be in the pipeline after all
Over the past few years, Mazda has teased us the idea of building a successor to the legendary RX-7 many times. They said it was going to feature a rotary engine, a sleek coupe body on top and something the company would be proud to have.
The company was so keen, in fact, they even designed a concept car called RX-Vision, which as the name suggests, if it does go into production, will have a rotary engine. And just look at it, it looks absolutely stunning with Mazda's famous Soul Red paint, which Jeremy Clarkson adores.
Anyhow, in the 2019 Mazda 3 first drive event, Masahiro Moro, the President of Mazda North America, sat down with Jalopnik and told them that he very much wants the company to have another rotary sports car. He said, and I quote, 'I want Mazda to produce a new RX-7, especially now that Toyota has debuted the Supra. I don't see it as another model that has to fit into the lineup in any particular way, or serve any sort of financial support for the company. I just want it to exist, and to serve as the soul for the direction I see Mazda headed.'
It's funny how Moro mentioned the new Toyota Supra, because as we all know, the car is practically a BMW Z4 with a different body on top. Moro also told Jalopnik how the Supra was almost disappointing that it will become the face of that brand, but it’s not Toyota’s engineering underneath the Supra.
Hence why he said that if Mazda were to do a modern poster car, they would do something they could be proud of having on every magazine cover, every website and in every advertisement.
When asked of what other future powertrain options will Mazda offer, Moro was very excited, as he listed out the SkyActiv-G, SkyActiv-X, SkyActiv-D, Hybrid—and then pausing and raising his eyebrows to say 'SkyActiv-R', meaning that Mazda would probably implement the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition system found in the SkyActiv-X into a rotary engine.
As for when the new RX-7, or whatever that would be called in the end would be called, will happen, it's probably still a long way to go. Since Mazda chief executive Akira Marumoto once told CarScoops that building a new rotary vehicle is something the automaker dreams about but can’t do at the moment.
I guess only time will tell whether or not a new RX-7 will happen soon. At least there are two things we can promise: a) it won't be a BMW underneath and b) it's going to be a stunner.