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.