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Report: Mazda RX-9 Will Develop 300 Horsepower From New Rotary Engine

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As we reported last month, Mazda has no plans to abandon its Wankel rotary engine despite the automaker struggling to meet new fuel economy and emissions standards with its latest designs. The Mazda RX-8 is currently the only production car on the market with a rotary engine but it will be phased out after the current model year, namely because it’s engine is a gas-guzzler, rivaling some V-8s for thirst.

A successor is planned and with it a new name and a new rotary engine. The new car will carry the RX-9 nameplate and will be more of a successor to the previous RX-7 sports coupe (sold in the U.S. from 1979-1985) rather than the more practical RX-8, according to latest reports. Unlike the Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA, the Mazda RX-9 is expected to eschew outright performance and prestige in favor of affordability and reliability.

We’ve heard rumors about the RX-9 on several occasions in the past, including one report claiming the car could come with an advanced electrically-driven forced induction system. With the aid of this electric ‘charger’, the rotary engine in the RX-9 could develop upwards of 300 horsepower.

Performance should be nothing short of amazing as the entire vehicle shouldn’t weigh more than 2,755 pounds. This is because the RX-9 will reportedly share its chassis with the next-gen Mazda MX-5 and is being designed as a lithe two door sports coupe.

Unfortunately, development of the new rotary engine, dubbed the 16X because of its 1.6-liters of displacement, is ongoing but still years away from production, which means the launch of the RX-9 isn’t shaping to up to occur anytime soon.

Spy shots of a very early test-mule for the new Mazda RX-9 have already been spotted, however. Click here for all the details.

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Comments (7)
  1. you know when i saw the title, my first thought was the punch line by braney stinson in 'how i meet your mother'-- it is gonna be legendary!!!
    i mean come on, this site has gone down hill since the facelift. i don't know if i should visit that often anymore.
     
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  2. I always liked the styling of this car but its low sales combined w/ all of its problems (wrong hp advertised & replacing engines) it is surprising that they are continuing on
     
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  3. Err pop, by evolutionary I believe the headline was talking about, well duh... the evolution of the current model into the new model. Please re-read...
    "The latest information comes from Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda, who revealed that the next generation RX-8 coupe will be more of an evolution of the current model than a major redesign."
    I don't see any similarity between the word evolutionary and legendary, except for a bad case of alliteration.
     
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  4. I really hope this still leaves room for a new RX-7, a separate model to the RX-8.
     
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  5. In terms of design, the RX7 was a modern council. RX8? Not so much.
     
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  6. "Unlike the Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA, the Mazda RX-9 is expected to eschew outright performance and prestige in favor of affordability and reliability."
    What? You're crazy, did you made this up?
     
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  7. @Hank,
    Instead of attempting to build a car with supercar performance, like the GT-R and LFA, Mazda is expected to release a new model that will compete with more affordable sports cars like the Nissan 370Z, Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro--similar to the role the RX-8 played. Mazda can't compete on power with its rotary engine due to emissions issues so will be focusing on lighter and more agile cars. Whether it will be called an RX-7, RX-8 or RX-9 is still unknown.
     
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