Could a Ferrari-Inspired Mazda RX-9 Come to Showrooms?

Mazda RX Vision concept

Mazda RX Vision concept

Let’s count the rumors being addressed in this one delicious and exciting report concerning a new Mazda sports car:

  1. Mazda has perfected the rotary engine
  2. The Ferrari-inspired RX Vision concept hasn’t been forgotten
  3. A car based on that concept could show up at dealers within four years as an RX-9

This is all drool-worthy stuff that will make any car aficionado perk up on a sleepy morning.

Is there a catch? Of course there is. The report is based on more rumors without a credible source, but it’s still just enough to get our rotary-loving engines burning.

Mazda discontinued its last production rotary engine in 2012. At the time FOX News said,

Although it delivers a large amount of power from a compact, lightweight unit compared to a piston engine, the rotary design is notorious for its low fuel economy and high oil consumption, both factors making it difficult to meet today’s strict emissions standards.

In 2013 Mazda’s CEO said the rotary engine wouldn’t return for those very reasons, plus the fact that the company was unable to make money on the engine unless it sold 100,000 copies per year.

The RX-8 peaked at just under 27,000 units in a year, which made a Wankel resurrection seem impossible.

Funny how things can change in just a couple of years.

Citing Japan’s Holiday Auto Magazine, Motoring reports that a successor to the RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars has been approved by the Mazda board of directors and should be on its way for a 2019 debut. The reported engine will be a twin-turbo, twin-rotor 1.6 liter rotary mill that sends power to the rear wheels.

If reports are to be believed, the car will produce more than 400 horsepower, weigh in the neighborhood of 2,800 pounds, and cost somewhere around $76,000. Those numbers are all speculation, of course, unless someone has a direct connection to a member of Mazda’s board and just isn’t talking.

While the possibility of a rotary-powered RX-9 is one of the most compelling stories of the year so far, we encourage you to pine after this car at your own risk.

Would a new rotary-powered Mazda RX-9 be on your list of dream cars? 

-tgriffith

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