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by Matt Brogan

CarAdvice has today received a couple of renderings of what is believed to be the 2012 Mazda RX-7.

Confirming a report we published earlier this year the new model is expected to be powered by the new 16X rotary engine, a revolution of the existing Renesis 13B, as featured in the current RX-8.

In its naturally-aspirated guise the 16X rotary engine is expected to produce around 150-190kW with improved low-end torque.


However sources indicate Mazda is still experimenting with forced-induction – determined to meet emissions regulations which faulted the RX-8’s turbocharged ambitions.

The new RX-7 is likely to share an extended version of the platform used by the MX-5, already a great formula for performance dynamics.