Mazda RX-9 coming in 2020?
The rumors surrounding Mazda‘s next rotary-enginered sports car have intensified over the past few weeks.
Japanese magazine Holiday Auto has learned that Mazda is planning to launch a rotary-powered sports car named RX-9 in 2020, right in time for its 100th anniversary. The model will be noticeably shorter and sharper-looking than the RX-Vision concept (pictured) that debuted at last year’s edition of the Tokyo Auto Show.
The RX-9 will boast what’s shaping up to be the most advanced Wankel-type engine ever. According to the same magazine, the coupe will feature a twin-rotor engine with 1.6 liters of displacement and a turbocharger. It will make at least 400 horsepower in its most basic state of tune, and it will feature homogeneous-charge compression ignition (HCCI). In simple terms, compression will ignite the air-fuel mixture, not spark plugs.
Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a transmission mounted over the rear axle in a transaxle setup. Famously used on scores of Porsches and Alfa Romeos, the transaxle configuration will give the RX-9 a near-perfect weight distribution. It’ll tip the scale at about 2,850 pounds.
Mazda hasn’t commented on what the future holds for the RX nameplate, so only time will tell whether it’s set to make a comeback. If the rumors are accurate, a close-to-production concept will preview the RX-9 at next year’s Tokyo Auto Show, and the production model will debut at the 2019 edition of the event.
Photos by Ben Hsu.