Mazda built the last RX-7 in 2002, but its now being reported that the RX-7 is going to return in 2017. Mazda's sports car chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto recently confirmed the plans at a launch event for the facelifted MX-5. When the next RX-7 is released in 2017, it will be lighter and less complex than the last one and will be powered by a new rotary engine.
The next RX-7 is expected to share its platform with the next MX-5, but will have a stretched wheelbase to make room for rear seats for the Japanese market. The RX-7 will use an extensive amount of aluminum to keep its weight down. Yamamoto did not confirm what will power the new RX-7, but it's expected that it will be a naturally-aspirated engine. Mazda also has no plans to release a hybrid or electric version.
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