Is This the Mazda RX-9 Sports Car?

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  1. #1 V8stangman, Oct 16, 2015
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    Is This the Mazda RX-9 Sports Car We’ve Been Dreaming Of?

    It is looking more and more likely that the Mazda RX-9 will make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

    After previewing a new sports car concept in a veiled teaser image, a Japanese magazine has released renders of what appears to be the Mazda RX-9 that might debut later this month. The highly anticipated replacement to the RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars shares a similar design to the new Mazda MX-5 Miata up front while the rest of the body lines are a bit inspired by an Aston Martin, giving it a luxurious look.

    As for what will be powering the Mazda RX-9, rumors and speculation are running wild. It’s nearly a guarantee that Mazda will outfit it with a rotary engine, otherwise it wouldn’t be a true RX model. It is believed the Japanese automaker is testing a new hybrid turbo rotary powerplant with a twin 800-cc rotor setup expected to churn out around 450 horsepower with the assistance of an electric turbocharger.

    Mazda will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its rotary engine in 2017, so the timing is in place for the automaker to debut a concept, formulate a production model and send it off to dealerships in time for the celebration.

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  2. Kinda bland to be honest.
  3. I'm amazed that Mazda are still hanging onto the rotary engine. The RX8 is well known for needing new apex seals every 50,000 miles.

    RX8s are SO cheap over here, but they're ticking time bombs.
  4. "...hybrid turbo rotary powerplant with a twin 800-cc rotor setup expected to churn out around 450 horsepower with the assistance of an electric turbocharger..."

    is there any word on how much of that is electric and how much is the 800cc engine? I presume it's mostly electric?
  5. Dunno but I could see 200hp out of 800cc turbo'd rotary easily. The RX-8 suffered mainly because of emissions laws and fuel consumption. They built the Renesis motor to scrape by both, so I think it really suffered. There are plenty of reliable (actually) rotary setups it's just not cost effective for Mazda to put really durable coatings on the apex seals. RX-8 was a shitshow but I've seen the Renesis motors last. Also people driving them as normal petrol engines doesn't help..
  6. I can see a contemporary hint of Cosmo in it. Boring but not ugly I suppose. Does look a bit dated already if I'm picky
  7. Expand on that last sentence.
  8. They need to go to redline every so often to give them a good clean out. Also need to let them warm up properly
  9. #9 V8stangman, Oct 27, 2015
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    Mazda Confirms Sports Car Concept Will Be Rotary-Powered

    Mazda will be bringing a new sports car concept to the Tokyo Motor Show this week, and the Japanese automaker has confirmed that it will have a rotary engine.

    Seemingly answering enthusiasts’ prayers, Mazda has told Autocar that the new rotary engine in what will likely be the RX-9 concept will be called the SkyActiv-R.

    “People think rotary cannot meet modern Eco demands,” Kiyoshi Fujiwara, the company’s head of research and development, said to the publication. “The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting edge tech. It is an essential part of our DNA and it just be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Some time in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R”

    The concept is a low-slung, two-door, two seater that was previewed in the leaked image/render seen above. There is no official launch date for the next Mazda sports car, but 2018 will be the 40th anniversary of the original RX-7, which would be a prime time to debut an RX-9.

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