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Detroit News: Return of the Mazda RX-7?
Submitted by SuperUser on Monday, March 17, 2003 - 9:16am

PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE VIEWING AN OLD ARTICLE!!





In the "Sneak Peeks" section of the Detroit News Autos Insider, an "artist" has photochopped together what they believe to be the RX-7 Cabrio. They basically took an image from the first prototype RX-8, enlarged the grill and vents, modified the head lights, removed the top, and added new wheels.

The article reads: "Mazda planners are still in heavy discussion regarding the return of the sporty RX7, but sources tell us if it is resurrected, the fourth generation RX7 will arrive as a two-door, two-seat version of the new RX8.
Shown here are artist renderings of the RX7 Cabrio. But don't place your orders yet -- we don't believe this sporty two-seater will arrive before late in the 2006 model year, or possibly as a 2007 model.
"

We, at Rotarynews, were privy to a little more information. We were told the RX-7 prototype would not debut until the 2005 Tokyo Autoshow, as there are those within Mazda that feel the debut of a concept RX-7 would hurt sales of the RX-8, even though the RX-8 is supposed to be in a different "new" market segment. We could see some different concept Rotaries in Tokyo 2003, but the concepts would be the engines themselves, and probably put in the RX-8, as a Mazdaspeed model.

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PLEASE NOTE!!
author:
date:
February 11, 2005 - 10:27am
please note, this article is old. you are probably coming here from a search engine. please visit the rest of the website, and most importantly this story


sorry for yelling. :)
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subject:
4th gen rx-7
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 21, 2004 - 5:24pm
Butt ugly, Mazda is going to have to go back to the drawing board, the 3rd gen twin turbo rx-7 was one of the all time most beautiful designs ever built and offered to the masses. it's saying something when a 12-year old design is used in a movie (the fast and the furious) as the baddest ride on the street. I had to sell my 3rd gen last year, and I really miss it. I cant imagine ever owning another automobile that was such a pleasure to drive. sure there are faster cars out there, but nothing compares to the 3rd gen in being able to squirt thru traffic and blast out of corners. also the 4th gen had better be twin turbo if Mazda expects to sell it.
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subject:
Don't worry
author:
date:
February 11, 2005 - 10:24am
The 2nd image above was a photo-chop. Mazda's next rotary powered car will look NOTHING like either one of those!!
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subject:
4th Gen RX-7 requirements
author:
date:
February 10, 2005 - 7:21pm
And it better be more reliable than that old twin turbo FD if they want me to buy one.

Rich

'00SE Miata
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subject:
concept car
author:
No Rotor
date:
July 29, 2004 - 1:50pm
there better be twin turbos or forget it
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subject:
Why?
author:
date:
February 11, 2005 - 10:18am
Why? What's soooo hot about twin Turbos? I first went Non-seqential and then went with a large single on my FD, and was never happier.

I've have not heard a good reason for going twin-turbo with modern turbos. It may have been a good bandaid 10-12 years ago, but with modern turbo engineering and technology, there is no need.
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subject:
Turbos
author:
No Rotor
date:
August 28, 2004 - 11:47pm
I agree, no turbos, no sales.
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subject:
I'd really love if they lost
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 28, 2004 - 8:37pm
I'd really love if they lost the front wheel area body styling. It looks so bad. The RX-8 has too european styling. It needs to be smoothed out more like the gen 3; like a japanese car...
Also they should bring back the retractable lights. I think a gen 2 hood scoop might be an option too.
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subject:
Ugly
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The RX-8 is nice, but it's not supposed to be a replacement for the RX-7, right. This article is making it out to be. This car looks like crap too, very plain. The RX-7 should inspire beauty and a fresh look while reminesing of the past generations. This version looks like an ugly breed of the RX-8 and the Pontiac Solstace.

The RX-7 is a sports car, not a roadster. These pictures are making it out to be just that. Mazda already has the miata (which might be built on the same platform as the 8, if I'm not mistaken), so hopefully this is just a preview of the next Miata.

The RX-7 began as a sporty coupe 2-seater, lets hope it stays that way. If I want a convertable roadster, I'll buy a Miata. Give me something different along the lines of the original RX-7 heritage, otherwise I'll just stick with my TII.
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subject:
Wow... that is very ugly
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
This thing looks bad. I am inclined to dismiss this as an unimaginative attempt by a Photoshop novice.

Anyone see the Miata sketch on Motortrend? Looks nice I think. It has RX-8 influence (mostly in the taillights). Maybe this was a quick and dirty attempt to visualize that.

In any case, I would love to be able to buy an RX-7 around 2007. But I hope it is as unique and beautiful as the last version. (The last Japanese models really looked great :-) ).
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subject:
Short Shot
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I see the add in the yellow block on the home page about an RX-7 magazine. Is there such a beauty? Am I just reading the copy improperly? If not how to get on the subscription list would be wonderful.

Grazzie;

Phil
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subject:
Next Gen RX-7
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Mazda insiders don't need to worry about the next RX-7 taking sales from the RX-8 IF the RX-7 is a world-class sports car as was/still is the 3rd Gen RX-7. What's needed is 350 hp, 2600 lb weight and laser-sharp handling for the 4th Gen RX-7

Wrap that performance in a shrink-fit some retro/ some 21st Century muscular but not overly macho styling. A coupe is just fine, a roadster is optional.

Keep the price $35 - $40K.
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subject:
miata
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
If anything this makes me thing of a miata prototype. Its pretty small, convertable and a little too funny looking (no offence to miatas). There were rumors that the new miata will share the same platform as the rx8. Personaly I think they should bring the rx3 back first. Good rotary sales would gurantee a better 7, and I think there is a market for it. With mazda's zoom zoom advertising campaign everyone will want one. Let me put it this way...even my gf's tree hugging cousin was going "oooh, i want a triangle under my hood" when she saw my buddies engine appart.
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subject:
wheels and headlights
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
the wheels and headlights are from the mazdaspeed6 concept. and yes there are many better photochops of turning the rx-8 into an rx-7. this one looks like something i would do and frankly i suck at photochopping.
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subject:
How about this profile
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm

NB: This comment has been modified by an administrative person on Mar 19, 2003 (09:10 am)
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subject:
hmmm...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
i think i've seen that somewhere before. i like it alot!!
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No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
If the 4th gen rx7 looks anything like the rx8 I won't buy it. That car doesn't look mean or sporty, it looks more like a pugy cartoon car
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