The confirmation that the 2018 Mazda RX-7 model will be the continuation of the brand’s legendary badge was a surprising but welcomed news for all of the fans. The was confirmed at the Tokyo Show where they showcased a RX-VISION concept model, which is a front engine RWD vehicle which has a very aggressive interrelation of the company’s Kodo design. And the news do not stop there as there is a new rotary engine making its debut for the vehicle as well.
Although the design part is more or less finished and is in the books, the problems still lies for the engine. It is up to the designers and how fast they are going to be able to produce a new fuel-efficient Wankel powerplant. They are working on it full force and based on their success we can expect to see the new car make its debut.
Renderings have already been available for this car and now the pictures are being released as well. The spy photos of the 2018 Mazda RX-7 really look impressive and have immediately led us to think that the release date is right around the corner. This review will help you get acquainted with all the new information about the car.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Mazda RX-7?
Making its debut, the 2018 Mazda RX-7 is projected to be in the middle of 2018. As the design of the car is more or less a closed book and we already have a basic idea how the car will look, it is all now left on the engine design and how are they going to manage that. The new generation rotary engine is currently being developed and we predict that it will make it in time for a confirmed release date in mid-2018.
How Much Will 2018 Mazda RX-7 be Priced?
Perhaps it is too early to tell how much will the 2018 Mazda RX-7 actually cost. But based on the current news and early speculations, we are looking at a price of more than $35,000 for the base version. The base MSRP price will probably be out once the engine specifications have been established.
2018 Mazda RX-7 Exterior Concept Design
The exterior design for the 2018 Mazda RX-7 is going to depend mostly on the concept vehicle. The car that we have seen make its debut during the past season is going to be the basis for the new production version, but with some production friendly changes. As is the case with most of the concept cars it is near-impossible to translate the design of the car to a production version. The Kodo language will be the basis for the car and will feature an aggressive look.
But compared to the compact car we are going to get a taller roof line for sure. It will impact the interior spacing and provide more shoulder room that way also. The handles of the car are going to be production ones and the grille is supposed to be larger with multi-spoke wheels added as well.
The front end will certainly get a new set of headlights and also the bumper is going to be revised as well. Horizontal slats are also announced and some chrome surrounds as well. The rear end might also changed a bit with the tailgate and the taillights getting some changes and also by adding a “floating” spoiler and a different diffuser.
Interior Updates for the 2018 Mazda RX-7
Even thorough the concept for the 2018 Mazda RX-7 received a good looking and clear cut inside, it is mostly likely that the changes will be implemented. The inside already looked like it was ready for production so there are not going to be many things that are going to be changed. The inside will certainly get some changes in the instrument cluster, center console and the door panels. The center stack will be updated with button controls and knobs and the infotainment system will get a larger display.
The concept version also had a lot of leather and aluminum inserts added for the car as well. We see these inserts only available for the higher trims for the car while the basic will offer more down-to-earth elements. They are also making the RX-7 the same way as the RX-5 was made to be less expensive. So in order to make the car as affordable as possible they are going tot trim down on the special additions for the base version of the car.
New Engine Changes
The powertrain option for the 2018 Mazda RX-7 is its biggest mystery and at the same time is the biggest draw. The things that have been made public is that the car is going to use a Wankel engine and it is going to be called the SkyActiv-R. The current specs are not available s the engine is being developed still and we are expecting it to be finished until 2018. What we are able to speculate is that the output is going to surpass the 275 horsepower that the Porsche Cayman is making and since this one is going to be lighter it will aim at reaching 250 horspwoer and more.
2018 Mazda RX-7 0-60 mph Acceleration
The same thing goes for the 0-60 mph specifications for the 2018 Mazda RX-7 model. As the development of the model is still being made the car will aim to make an acceleration speed under five seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The fuel specs for the 2018 Mazda RX-7 are supposed to be much better compared to the previous versions of the car. With the new rotary engine being developed they are going to drop the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions to a minimum. As they have stated from Mazda, the new-generation model is supposed to be at the same level for an equivalent standard petrol engine.
Dimensions and Size
The size of the car is going to remain at the level the concept was made and keep the 2018 Mazda RX-7 at the same standard. But beside the dimensions they are ultimately going to make the car much more lighter. This is an equal part of the entire design which will see the use of an entirely new platform for the car and also give it an update in regards of the weight. The aluminum and carbon fiber inserts are playing a big part when it comes to making this model a very light and fuel efficient car.
Mazda is adding a slew of safety equipment for the 2018 Mazda RX-7. The announcement has not yet been made on what actually we are going to get but we can expect a standard set for the inside additions that are going to be made. For now the crash scores are still not done and they will only appear once the car is out on the road and appears for sale.
In terms of performance and production, there are some vehicles which the 2018 Mazda RX-7 is going to be able to rival pretty well. The given concept for the newest model that will come out will gain some new competition. The Porsche Cayman is the closest rival and the car which the RX-7 is aiming to try to copy but at the same time they are doing a good job when it comes to being a car on its own and provide some competing specs.