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New Mazda RX-7 2022 rendered: Could the iconic rotary sports car return to rival the Toyota Supra?

If a new-generation RX-7 does come to fruition, it could very well look like this. Image credit: Enoch Gonzales

Mazda has been teasing and then closing the door on a new RX sports car for years now, and we’re seemingly no closer to a proper reboot of the rotary icon.

Of course, we all got excited when the jaw-dropping RX-Vision concept was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, but more than four years later, a related production model is yet to appear.

At the time, the Japanese manufacturer described the RX-Vision concept as a “vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into a reality”, but it later confirmed a new RX sports car was not actually in the works, despite demand both externally and internally.

That said, the brand has since delivered on its promise of bringing the infamous rotary engine back, although it has only been used as a range-extender for all-electric vehicles so far.

Despite all of this, we can still dream – and as you can see here, that’s exactly what industrial designer Enoch Gonzales has done with his interpretation of a fourth-generation RX-7, which could rival the recently reborn Toyota Supra.

The rear end introduces new elements to Mazda's evolving Kodo design language. Image credit: Enoch Gonzales The rear end introduces new elements to Mazda's evolving Kodo design language. Image credit: Enoch Gonzales

There’s no doubting this version takes into account Mazda’s evolving Kodo design language, particularly at the front end. The rear is more a departure, though, with the linked LED tail-lights and chunky quad exhaust tailpipes standing out from the crowd.

For reference, the third-generation RX-7 ended its production run in August 2002 and was succeeded by the RX-8 that stopped being built in June 2012.