Mazda thinking turbocharger for next RX-7

Mazda Taiki Concept

Sales of the Mazda RX-8 are scheduled to end after the 2011 model year and we’ve known for some time now that the Japanese automaker will replace the rotary engined sports car with a successor to the much-missed RX-7 (which could be badged RX-9 according to insiders).

Sources say that Mazda is planning a turbocharged successor to the next RX-7 that is rumored to hit markets in 2013. The move comes as Mazda explores a wide range of options to help increase performance while delivering better fuel-economy.

“We”re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger,” a source told AutoCar.

It’s been previously reported that the next RX-7 will use Mazda’s new Renesis 16X rotary engine, which made its debut in the Taiki concept. While the 16X is capable of producing 350-hp and 215 lb-ft of torque, Mazda will keep output around 250-hp to stick the price-tag close to $25,000.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar