Mazda has all but confirmed that it’s launching an all-new RX-9 sports car that will be powered by a twin-turbocharged rotary engine.
Rumors of an RX-8 successor began to swirl almost immediately after the car’s discontinuation in 2011, but Mazda largely swept those reports under the rug. However, that changed in late 2015 when Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai hinted that an RX-8 followup might make sense for the Miata’s rear-wheel drive platform.
Further bolstering those rumors, MazdaPartsUSA.com issued a press release on Tuesday indicating that Mazda will reintroduce a rotary engine in an upcoming sports car called the RX-9. “I don’t have any insider info, and I’m not offering any predictions here, but I’d be shocked if Mazda brought back the RX without offering a rotary engine,” said Frank Mitchell, Manager and Director of MazdaPartsUSA.com. “While the rotary’s emissions aren’t as clean as other engines, Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies are impressive. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Mazda has found a way to make the rotary engine meet future emissions standards.”
The company went on to postulate that the RX-9 would come packing 450 horsepower.
Although MazdaPartsUSA.com isn’t a subsidiary of Mazda, it should be noted that Mazda was actually responsible for distributing the release. Given that tie-in, it seems as though Mazda is trying to send us a very strong message. Look for the Mazda RX-9 and its rotary engine to launch sometime in 2017.