Is This the Mazda RX-9 Sports Car We've Been Dreaming Of?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

It is looking more and more likely that the Mazda RX-9 will make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

After previewing a new sports car concept in a veiled teaser image, a Japanese magazine has released renders of what appears to be the Mazda RX-9 that might debut later this month. The highly anticipated replacement to the RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars shares a similar design to the new Mazda MX-5 Miata up front while the rest of the body lines are a bit inspired by an Aston Martin, giving it a luxurious look.

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As for what will be powering the Mazda RX-9, rumors and speculation are running wild. It’s nearly a guarantee that Mazda will outfit it with a rotary engine, otherwise it wouldn’t be a true RX model. It is believed the Japanese automaker is testing a new hybrid turbo rotary powerplant with a twin 800-cc rotor setup expected to churn out around 450 horsepower with the assistance of an electric turbocharger.

Mazda will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its rotary engine in 2017, so the timing is in place for the automaker to debut a concept, formulate a production model and send it off to dealerships in time for the celebration.

[Source: Motoring]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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