Sports car fans everywhere miss the Mazda RX-7.
Exiting the car world way back in 2002, the RX-7 hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 1995. A day hasn’t passed since without fans clamoring for the return of its sleek styling, unique rotary engine and affordable price. Yeah, Mazda sent us the RX-8, but come on, it’s a four-door and not nearly as sexy as its predecessor.
Rumors of an RX-7 return have swirled since the car’s demise, but now enthusiasts might actually have something to celebrate.
Autocar and its ever-mysterious sources say Mazda plans a turbocharged successor for the next RX-7, rumored to be hitting markets in 2013. Supposedly the company has plans for a new rotary engine to be used with an electric turbo for a little extra boost. Considering the RX-8 will soon cease production with no official plans for replacement, this news at least seems plausible.
Previous reports have said that a new RX-7 engine would be capable of up to 350 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque, but Mazda would keep output to a more tame range of 200-250 to help keep the pricetag around $25,000.
Considering the lack of solid sources, this all remains speculation for now, but the prospect of an all-new RX-7 inches closer.
Sports car fans with much deeper pockets should take a look at this: The American-made ICONIC AC Roadster, a 2,400-pound roadster with design cues inspired by the legendary Shelby Cobra. With an aluminum 420 c.i. 6.9-liter V8 putting out 800 horsepower, the company claims a top speed of over 200 mph and a 0 to 60 time of less than 3 seconds. Those are elite supercar numbers, folks.
While the design certainly evokes the looks of a timeless roadster, putting 800 ponies into such a lightweight car seems like overkill. I wonder how many quarter-mile runs it’ll do before vaporizing its rear 19-inch Goodyears!
One thing for sure, there’s nothing else like it. If that’s the kind of exclusivity you’re looking for, I’m sure someone at ICONIC Motors will be happy to take your order.
Is 800 horsepower in a small roadster too much? I think I’d rather own a 250-hp Mazda RX-7!