The RX-7 is one of the most iconic Japanese cars ever made and its successor, the RX-8, has been equally loved. However, due to the problems of the Wankel engine, Mazda discontinued the RX-8 a while ago and many people thought that a successor would never happen. Luckily though it seems that Mazda might, in fact, release an all new car with the 2020 Mazda RX-9. The news comes four months after the release of the RX-Vision concept and this time around it seems that they are true. Mazda is set to release the RX-9 in January 2020 as part of their 100th anniversary.
There have been many rumors about the RX-9 even though there is not that much information available about it. Some suggested that it would be based on the same platform as the Mazda 6 but this is highly unlikely. Instead, we do think that the new RX-9 will be based on the scalable platform of the smaller MX-5. This would give Mazda the rear wheel drive platform they need as well as a perfectly balanced chassis. On top of that, it would allow them to keep research and development costs down in which case the price of the car might be a lot more affordable than otherwise.
2020 Mazda RX-9 Design
If the RX Vision is anything to go by then the RX-9 will be something amazing. However, we are quite sure that the Vision was just a concept but this doesn’t mean the production version won’t borrow some parts from it. For starters, we expect the long hood and short back to being translated to the production car. However, the front end, as well as most of the details around the car, will most likely be taken straight out of cars like the Mazda 6 or the new CX-4. Expect a really similar story inside the cabin where the RX-9 is expected to be quite minimalistic in order to offer a pure driving experience. Also read about 2018 Mazda 6!
2020 Mazda RX-9 Specs
Like with all other RX cars, the 2020 Mazda RX-9 is set to have a rotary Wankel engine. It seems that the car will feature a twin-rotor 1.6-liter mill which might offer close to 400 horsepower. At this point, it still is unclear what else the car will feature. We do suspect a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard. On top of that, the engine will very likely be turbocharged and it might be a new type of petrol engine that will use a new type of compression ignition. All of these should allow it to meet all the emissions requirements while offering plenty of power for a sports car.