Enthusiasts have been calling for the return of the Mazda RX-9, and they may just get their wish granted. Rumor has it that a new model of the popular sports car will make its way onto the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show in just a few months. However, the primary sources for the 2019 Mazda RX-9 rumors are Asian websites that are short on details.
Rumors indicate that the 2019 Mazda RX-9 will boast a design based on the RX-Vision concept from 2015. The supposed model would weigh in at under 3,000 lbs. and would make use of the rotary engine design. Mazda’s latest patent indicates that the exhaust ports would come on top of the engine. A turbocharger would also play a major role in delivering more than 400 horsepower.
As for pricing, rumor has it that the 2019 Mazda RX-9 would top the $70,000 marker. That would make it cheaper than competitors like the Nissan GT-R. While the claims regarding the Mazda RX-9 are unsubstantiated, it never hurts to dream!
Hopefully, we’ll see the 2019 Mazda RX-9 put on a stunning display at the Tokyo Motor Show this October.
Mazda’s board of directors has recently confirmed that the RX-Vision Concept, debuted last year at the Tokyo Auto Show, has finally been greenlit for a production model that will be referred to as the Mazda RX-9 sports car. When the concept was first unveiled, it spurred rumors that the legendary RX-8 would be getting a successor, and it seems all the speculation has finally come true. Plus, the upcoming RX-9 has another surprise waiting under its hood, according to industry insiders; Mazda’s legendary rotary motor is coming back.
2017 is an important year for Mazda and for its iconic rotary engine, as it marks fifty years since Felix Wankel first created the original Wankel rotary motor and used it to power the Cosmo. Now, Mazda is still the only name in the industry with the know-how to build the exclusive type of engine, and as Ikuo Maeda—the Mazda RX-VISION’s general manager of design—says, “If we give up [the rotary engine], it’ll disappear.”
That’s why rumors say that the Mazda RX-9 sports car will make use of an updated 1.6-liter, two-rotor, turbocharged Wankel engine. If the RX-9 achieves its goal weight of just under 2,900 lbs, we could be looking at a lightweight, 400-horsepower coupe. Keep an eye here at Bakersfield Mazda for future updates on the concept!