2017 Mazda RX-7

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Although much about the 2017 Mazda RX-7 is yet to be confirmed, there’re plenty of rumors going on about which engines it will offer, when it will go for sale and for how much, and its capability. Well, this review is comprehensive and tries to demystify much of what is still based on speculation. Read on for more news about its release date, price, and exterior and interior changes.

The model traces its roots almost four decades ago when it was offered as a replacement for the Savanna RX-7 model. It was then sold alongside the Cosmo luxury coupe and was the second model in Mazda’s lineup to feature a Wankel rotary engine. The engine was able to provide around 133 horsepower which by then was quite an impressive output in its class. However, the RX-7 reached its final run at the turn of the millennium, as the automaker was working on the RX-8.

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Just like the RX-7 before it, the RX-8 came with the same powertrain but improved its power production to around 247 ponies. And depending on the market, buyers had the option of pairing the engines with either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or an automatic. The rear-hinged, freestyle rear door the RX-8 had made its very famous then. Well, as fate would have it, the RX lineup was axed altogether in 2012. But according to speculations, it seems Mazda has stealthily been working on reviving the RX lineup and in particular the RX-7.

During the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda confirmed that it would be offering the RX-7 before the turn of this decade. The thing is, no one knows for sure what Mazda meant by the ‘turn of the decade’, as rumors are rife we could getting the new Mazda RX-7 anytime from 2017. The production car seems to be dependent on how fast engineers at Mazda can come up with a reliable, powerful, and fuel efficient Wankel engine.

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If what we are hearing is true, then the most solid competitor to offer the RX-7 a run for its money would arguably be the 2017 Porsche Cayman. The Toyota Supra was the RX-7 solid rival, but as things stand, the Supra has been discontinued from the market for now. Mazda will have to up its power output if it is rival the Cayman’s output that stands at 275 horsepower. This power is enough to offer a 0-60 mph in just about 5.4 seconds. The Mazda RX-7 2017, on the other hand, will also need to up its ante when it comes to fuel economy as the Cayman offers an impressive 30 mpg in combined highway/city cruising.

2017 Mazda RX-7 Release Date & Price

The new 2017 Mazda RX-7 release date is slated to take place sometime in the spring of 2017, if media reports and online rumors are anything to go by. While it is too early to speculate about its price, our rendering of the vehicle seems to suggest that the RX-7 MSRP will probably start from around $35,000.

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2017 Mazda RX-7 Exterior

The RX-7 is based on the RX-VISION concept. That said, we expect several production friendly features as opposed to the full version of the Tokyo study concept. The overall stance is expected to be aggressive with a taller roof, a visible B-pillar, a chrome window surround, and a less raked front windshield. Other changes on the RX-7 profile should include multi-spoke wheel, a slightly larger grille, and production door handles. The headlamps should be all-new, as is the grille and the front bumper.

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And just like the concept features a curved LED strip headlight design, the same should be expected on the production vehicle. Other than our rendering and the concept showcased during the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, other profile changes that we should probably expect include a different diffuser, a revised tailgate, and a mildly revised tailgate. More revisions will be more apparent on its release date.

2017 Mazda RX-7 Interior Images

The interior should be simple and clean. As per the concept, the center console, door panels, and the instrument panels should be expected to change a bit here and there. And just like modern Mazda vehicles, the infotainment screen should be expected to be big and mounted into the center stack.

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Engine Specs

Much of what lies beneath its skin remains a mystery at least as per the time of this writing. What is however known is that it will be a Wankel engine that will offer at least an output of around 275 hp that should get it past 60 mph from naught in just under five seconds.

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Specifications

  • Wheelbase: 95 in
  • Length: 169 in
  • Width: 69 in
  • Passenger volume: N/A ft³
  • Cargo volume: N/A ft³
  • Curb weight: 2,300-2500 lbs
  • Top Speed: 160 mph
  • 0-60: 4.8 sec
  • MPG: 17/25 (city/highway)
  • Available Exterior Colors: N/A
  • Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

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