Mazda RX-7 to use 300-hp Renesis 16X rotary engine

Every couple of months or so, some publication out there claims they have more information on the next-generation Mazda RX-7, which hasn’t (in the slightest way) been confirmed by the Japanese automaker. Today, that publication is UK’s AutoExpress.

Last time we heard anything about the Mazda RX-7, it was reported by AutoCar that design boss Ikuo Maeda has already completed sketches of a replacement for the sports car and is working hard to push for a production model. AutoExpress reports today that Mazda has chosen the light and compact Renesis 16X Wankel engine for the RX-7, the same engine that debuted in the Mazda Taiki Concept car in 2007.

It will be powered by a turbocharged rotary engine making upwards of 300-hp, making it much more sportier than the RX-8.

A production model isn’t expected until 2011.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoExpress