Mazda RX-9 – Mazda prepares a successor for the rotary sports car RX-8
Everything changed in 2015, when the executive director of the Japanese brand Masamichi Kogay hinted that it makes sense to release a successor of RX-8 on the basis of the MX-5 roadster architecture. The hints of Mazda’s boss were confirmed by the published information, in which the general manager and director of this resource Frank Mitchell expressed his confidence that the Japanese brand will equip its new sports car RX-9 with a rotary motor.
He said that, despite the fact that these power units have an increased level of emissions; Mazda will find a way to deal with this problem. It is expected that the new generation of rotary engine will boast of a capacity in the range of 450 horsepower.
The Japanese brand seriously reflects on the possible release of the successor of the sports car RX-7. The new sports coupe will take top positions in the model lineup of Mazda, and, on the idea of engineers will be able to throw a decent challenge to the face of rival Nissan Z. In this case, the car will receive a classic layout with two seats, which will be dramatically different from the RX-8 in terms of philosophy – in Mazda they wish to give particular novelty new character of an uncompromising racer.
The last car, which had a rotary engine, was released by the company in 2012. Nevertheless, the Japanese company has not completely forgotten its technology. According to recent reports, the car will be able to produce about 400 horsepower, which will be transmitted via automatic or manual gearbox.
Externally, the car will resemble the most a concept car RX-Vision, which was introduced at the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. The exact dates of models delivery to the market are not yet specified, but the appearance of the prototype is scheduled for the next year. As for the true debut of the car, it will take place in 2020.