Mazda Brings Back RX-7 for Rotary's 50th Birthday

By | July 10, 2014
The first Mazda RX-7 appeared back in 1978, and while we haven't seen a new version since 2002, that's all about to change. In celebration of the 50th birthday of Mazda's rotary, the Japanese automaker will debut an all-new RX-7 that will deliver upwards of 449 horsepower. Mazda introduced its first rotary car, the Cosmo Sport, back in 1967, which would make its 50th anniversary in 2017. Right now, the automaker is celebrating 25 years of the MX-5 Miata, and to keep the party going, the all-new RX-7 couldn't have come at a better time. The new model is rumored to be powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged rotary powertrain, and earlier this year, we heard that rotary engine may be naturally-aspirated. Right now, there isn't a suitable rear-wheel drive platform in which to build off of, and it was first thought that the automaker would revise a current Miata platform. Thanks to the added power from the twin-scroll turbo, Mazda is now looking at the RX-8's platform as an alternative.
Although the RX-8 can handle the power and offers a better build quality and rigidity, its rotary engine offered poor mileage, insufficient mid-range torque, and its oil usage was too much. One solution would have been to add Mazda's SkyActiv technology to a redesigned non-turbo rotary, but where's the fun in that? We're glad the automaker decided to go with the twin-scroll turbo rotary engine. Expect to see this model enter production in May of 2017 in celebration of the rotary-powered Cosmo Sport's 50th birthday. Source: