With the current generation Mazda RX-8 going out of production in 2011, the company has already started the work on the new generation sports car. And according to the Japanese magazine Best Car, the new generation RX-8 will take its inspiration from the recently unveiled Shinari Concept.
As previously reported, the next generation RX-8 will feature a new rotary engine that can run on petrol or diesel. It is a two-stroke 16X engine that in its current state develops a total of 300bhp and sprints the car from 0 to 60mph in under five seconds. That is a significant improvement over the current 231 HP and 6.4 seconds time sprint.
Like all the future models in Mazda’s line-up, the RX-8’s design language will be described by the word Kodo, which is Japanese for soul of motion. Talking about the new design language, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements."