Although its name may indicate otherwise, the Mazda RX-8 was never a true successor to the two door Mazda RX-7. After all, it didn’t feature styling which could match the true low-slung sports car looks of the RX-7 nor did it manage to capture the attention of backyard tuners around the world.
Thankfully however, new reports from Autocar suggest that a real successor to the RX-7 is being seriously considered and if it were ever to hit the production line, it’d inevitably compete with the likes of the brand new Alfa Romeo 4C, Toyota GT 86/Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ.
If it were to come to fruition, the car would sit atop the Mazda range and would also feature just two seats like the original RX-7 and unlike the four-door RX-8.
Fortunately, the new Mazda RX-7 would certainly maintain the front engined, rear-wheel drive layout of the original and the RX-8 while also feature one of Mazda’s infamous Wankel rotary engines.
This engine would initially be naturally aspirated but turbocharged versions could be offered further down the track.