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Mazda RX-7 rumors resurface

by Drew Johnson

Reports of a revived Mazda RX-7 have been swirling through the internet rumor mill for about three years now, but the reborn sports car could be on the verge of finally getting the production nod.

Mazda design chief Ikua Maeda has reportedly already sketched out the new-age RX-7, and is currently presenting his ideas to Mazd's board of directors. The new RX-7 would essentially replace the RX-8 in Mazd's lineup, but the Japanese automaker has decided to can the RX-9 nameplate for production.

The new RX-7 would continue Mazd's tradition of rotary engines, featuring an updated 1.6L unit, according to AutoExpress. Fitting of the RX-7 name, Mazda is planning to turbocharge the new engine, resulting in at least 300 horsepower and a 0-60 time likely under 5 seconds.

Although the RX-7 will undoubtedly have the shape of a coupe, the car's final body style has yet to be determined. Two designs are said to be on the drawing board - a true two-seater and a 2+2 with a three-door design like the current RX-8.

If give the green light, the new-age RX-7 could surface at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by a roll-out in 2012.