In speculation that seems about as guided as the headlines of New Idea, Japanese automotive publication, “Holiday Auto Magazine”, claim to have obtained exclusive information that points to the Mazda RX9 debuting as early as 2017.
Since the Mazda RX8 fell by the wayside in 2012, there has been no shortage of speculation surrounding a turbocharged successor to the legendary Mazda RX7. Sure, the RX8 was technically the successor to the RX7, but other than the ‘RX’ in their name, they couldn’t have been more different. Where the RX7 was progressive and garnered a cult following in every pocket of the auto-sphere, the RX8 became the poster boy for Rotary jokes. Synonymous with a lack of torque (211Nm) and fuel consumption figures that would quickly drift past 20L/100km in urban commuting, the RX8 all but ruined the legacy of the RX7.
The Japanese publication claims that an all new Mazda RX9 will debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motorshow to help Mazda celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cosmo, it’s first rotary powered vehicle. The Mazda RX9 is said to use two 800cc Rotors and a single turbocharger to create a 1.6L turbocharged Rotary engine capable of dispensing 300kW of power.
Following on from a 2017 debut at the Tokyo Motorshow, a production ready Mazda RX9 is set to be unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motorshow, with sales kicking off in 2020 in time for Mazda’s 100th birthday.
Finally, the Japanese publication suggests that pricing for the Mazda RX9 will start at around eight million yen ($105,000), which seems very specific for a car that will not debut in production guise for another three years.
While we remain optimistic of Mazda’s rotary future, the closest thing that we have to confirmation at the moment is the Japanese manufacturer trademarking the RX9 nameplate last year.