What We Know About the Possible 2020 Mazda RX-9
Every now and then a new rumor or report comes out about the potential for a new rotary-powered sports car from Mazda. Well, it’s time for another one. Although we’re taking everything with a grain of salt, this one does have us excited. So, without further ado, here is what we know about the possible 2020 Mazda RX-9, should it be called that.
Reports about the potential for an RX-8 successor surfaced in Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine, and the details have been reported across multiple outlets online. Though such reports do tend to pop up from time-to-time, this one has us particularly excited about what we might see in the future. Of course, that’s quite a ways into the future, as the magazine gave the model a release date in the year 2020.
New Rotary-Powered Mazda RX-9 Engine Specs and Performance
Still, 2020 would be well worth the wait. If what has been reported by Holiday Auto is true, we could be in from something truly special.
According to reports, the car would be powered by a 1.6-liter, twin-rotor engine that delivers around 395 horsepower. On top of that, the RX-9 (the most educated guess for a model name) would supposedly have an incredible power-to-weight ratio, coming in at no more than 2,866 lbs. The last time we saw anything rotary-powered from Mazda was the RX-Vision concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, which gave us hope that Mazda hadn’t given up on the rotary engine, but which also didn’t provide key performance details.
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Although it would be a while before you’d be able to experience this exhilarating performance should the model actually be released, the good news is that you may get an early glimpse in the not-so-distant future. According to the magazine, Mazda will be previewing the RX-9 with a concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The actual production model would be unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
The last piece of information we’ve been able to gather is that the model would supposedly cost under 8 million yen, which based on current conversion rates, comes out to less than $80,000. Still, it would seem far too early to speculate on exact pricing for such a model, so just as with the information above, take that with a grain of salt.
Nothing has been officially revealed by Mazda on this, so what we know about the possible 2020 Mazda RX-9 is limited to online reports from the Holiday Auto magazine. Like we said, it might be smart to keep your expectations reserved, but if this turns out to be true, things could get very exciting for Mazda and rotary fans. Stay updated on all the latest RX-9 news here on the Mazda of Lodi blog.