The long expected vehicle has finally been confirmed and after all the rumors we are getting the 2017 Mazda RX-7 model. The model is going to see the successor of the popular brand continued finally as the people have been demanding to see the car once again into production. The confirmation came at the Tokyo Auto Show where the Japanese automaker showcased the RX-VISSION which is its RWD concept model which the RX-7 is going to be based on.
The KODO design language that Mazda has been using and incorporating in perhaps the best offer of vehicles to date has been put to great use here as it was expanded and built up in a more aggressive manner. And beside the design style there is also a confirmation of a new next-generation rotary engine also being offered with the newest car.
The release date actually relies heavily on when the production crew is going to make the Wankel powerplant possible. The date may be postponed and once all the kinks have been worked out with the engine we might expect to see the production model in the works. Keep reading the review in full.
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2017 Mazda RX-7 Exterior Concept
The 2017 Mazda RX-7 is going to have a stellar design to it which is characterized by being extremely aggressive looking. There are going to be some features though which are going to change once the production car hits the pavement. A lot of the parts form the concept model do not seem to be possible for a full fledged production vehicle. For instance, the roofline is not going to be as low as it was and it will also allow more shoulder room by positioning it a bit higher.
There is going to be a less raked front windscreen, chrome window surrounds and visible B-pillar. Also added are some production door handles, multi-spoke wheels and a slightly larger grille on the front fender. All of this parts are still going to keep the initial features of the RX-7 as sexy as the production level showed it of being.
The front end does not only get a new grille design, it is also going to come with some production friendly headlamps which do look great and a different bumper design also. The horizontal slats seen on all current Mazda vehicles are going to be retained here and also the chrome surround as well but the grille is going to be a bit smaller in size.
The side intakes on the bumper are a bit larger but the splitter and the center section remain the same. The final part is the standard hood of all the Mazda models coming with the company’s emblem making the final product a very good one.
Interior 2017 Mazda RX-7 Review
The inside of the 2017 Mazda RX-7 is going to feature and clean and simple inside. The concept model that the RX-7 is being based on actually does not demand a lot of changes and reworking as it is already a near-production level design. There are only a few things that are going to be changed which include the instrument cluster, the center console and the door panels. The center console is perhaps going to change the most but even there we do not expect to see a lot of things changed.
We do expect to see a standard center stack like in other Mazda cars with various buttons and knobs placed on it. The infotainment system is going to use a large display but we are still not sure whiten the touch screen is going to be atop of the dashboard or in it. Finally, there is going to be a multi-function steering wheel used which also has a much more comprehensive array of buttons and controls for it.
Of course, the Mazda RX-7 is going to add large amounts of leather and fine material. Expect the aluminum inserts to be added for higher trims but there is going to be a cut back on premium materials as they need to make the production version a bit affordable than it looks now. It is still going to have a two-tone combination of color elements and is being as sporty as it can be.
Engine Specs of 2017 Mazda RX-7
The engine is the biggest mystery of the 2017 Mazda RX-7 for now. As we are expecting a new rotary engine which is also being advertised as the next generation model here, we do not know when it is going to be made. This is the thing which is largely postponing the release date for the car as there are not instigations when the model might be finished. What we do know is that the engine is going to be called SkyActiv-R and it is going to be a Wankel engine with some rumors of it being turbocharged.
They aim to take out a vehicle such as the Porsche Cayman so we do expect an output of no less than 275 horsepower. Also expect the acceleration specs to go as low as 5 seconds to reach 0-60 mph and a top speed of 150 mph. Also the developing rotary engine is going to achieve better fuel economy and CO2 emission figures which are going to make the car unmatchable in the market.
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2017 Mazda RX-7 Release Date and Price
The release date for the 2017 Mazda RX-7 is still a long way off. There have been some instigations that it might appear as late as 2018 even though the car is labeled as a 2017 model. But we do expect it to arrive by the end of next year as the exterior and interior of the car is production ready and already capable of being produced, the only remaining question is the engine management. Expect the price to stack up to $35,000 for the base unit.
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