Will Mazda's Global Design Chief Revive the RX-7?
The last time we got a new Mazda RX was back in 2012 with the RX-8. Mazda's global design chief, Ikuo Maeda, designed that car, and his father designed the much-loved RX-7. So you could see that the RX line means something to Maeda — that's why he wants to bring it back to life. Speaking to Automotive News, Maeda said, "I will never give up. Inside my head, I'm always going over shapes." Of course, he's talking about the idea of a new RX-7. PHOTOS: Check Out Photos of the 2016 Mazda RX-7 Concept
Unfortunately, he said absolutely nothing has been confirmed. But the fact that he hasn't given up on the RX series is still good news. He says that, if it was to be resurrected, it would need a new engine rather than the SkyActiv engines in their current vehicles.
He says this new powerplant would have to be a rotary engine, which is what the R in RX represents. This would pose quite a challenge for engineers who are already working on updating the engines in their compact vehicles to meet emissions standards.
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Unfortunately, the rotary engine has proven to be a problem. They've been working on fixing it since 2007 when Mazda debuted their next-gen design in Tokyo. As far as going with a SkyActive engine — if they can't get that rotary mastered, Maeda says no. If one does go in a sports car, it will be something other than an RX.
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