October 30 2014

New rotary-powered Mazda RX-9 to be launched in 2020?

By Dennis Kwan – Kramer Mazda

New rotary-powered Mazda RX-9 to be launched in 2020?

Rumours of a Mazda RX-7 revival are in full bloom, as many believe the automaker will launch a new version of the real-wheel drive, 2-door sports car with the nameplate RX-9, equipped with a rotary engine.

First, rumours suggested that Mazda would revive the rotary engine, along with its RX-7 for 2017, as the date would mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the rotary engine. However, based on an article from Digital Trends, a new version of the RX-7 that will reportedly be called the Mazda RX-9, and could be launched in the year 2020 for the 100th anniversary of Mazda Motor Corporation.

 Digital Trends has also mentioned that Mazda’s possible new RX-9 sports car may feature a 450-horsepower, twin-rotor 16X unit (the RENESIS) that will include direct-injection, increased torque, and a higher displacement.

 And based on Autoblog.com,Nobuhiro Yamamoto, Program Manager of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5, suggested that a future RX-7 model would have a light curb weight that is similar to that of the Toyota GT 86 (approximately 2,600 pounds), and should include a greater emphasis on driver involvement.

 Car enthusiasts surely remember the RX-7 for its stylish looks that included slick-looking pop-up headlights, its thrilling performance, and seemingly “screaming” rotary engine. The RX-7 car was created to be a pure sports car, and has appeared five times on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list.

 Many want to believe that a rotary-powered RX-7 will be launched in 2020 under the nameplate RX-9. At the moment there is no definite proof, but Automotive News mentioned that Mazda engineers continue to research the technology of the rotary engine, due in part to its ability to work with a range of fuel types such as gasoline, hydrogen, and kerosene.

 Visit Kramer Mazda for updates on the possible RX-7 revival.

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