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Mazda produced the RX-7 from 1978 to 2002 and, compared to the RX-8, it did very well. Now, after almost ten years, the Japanese company will bring back the RX-7 DNA with the launch of a new sports car called the RX-9. And, however chronologically deficient it may be, the RX-9 is being made as a successor to the RX-7 and not the RX-8. We should be seeing this new model hit the streets as soon as the RX-8 bids adieu to the market.

The RX-9 is rumored to be built in the image of the most recent RX-7, the highly regarded version championed by the legendary "Koby" Kobayakawa, which went out of production in 2002. And, unlike the RX-8, it will be a two-door coupe model and not a complicated four-door coupe. Under the hood, Mazda will place the now famous 16X rotary engine.

Expect an official debut to be made in 2012, with sales to begin in late 2013.

UPDATE 05/25/2011: MotorTrend is reporting that the future Mazda RX-9 sports car will be using hybrid technology borrowed from Toyota, thanks in part to an agreement the automakers signed last year. Apparently Mazda will only use Toyota’s hybrid drive unit as power booster and range extender, but the vehicle’s main power will come from the Mazda-built rotary.

UPDATE 06/01/2011: We know everyone got very excited about a possible future RX-9, but Mazda has denied all rumors associated with the production of this vehicle. According to the company, there are no plans for such a vehicle, and moreover, the very future of the rotary engine at Mazda is in jeopardy. The RX-8 is also preparing for a very sad end after a very unsuccessful history, but some good news is on the horizon as there is a good possibility that we will see a successor for the RX-7. This vehicle will share its platform with the future generation MX-5 and it is expected to be revealed in about two years. (CarAndDriver)

Hit the jump for some specifics on the new RX-9.

  • 2013 Mazda RX-9 Coupe
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  • Engine:
    16X Rotary Engine
  • Transmission:
    twin clutch, two-pedal 6-speed
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Exterior and Interior

2013 Mazda RX-9 Coupe Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The new sports car will be built on an MX-5 chassis and will weigh no more than 1250 kilos, with a design language stemming from the company’s latest concept cars, including the Shinari which made its debut only two months ago.

We expect to see the company’s well known front grille and the "signature wing", new headlamps with LED lights, and a generally sporty appearance. For the interior, we hope to get sports seats, a sporty steering wheel, leather, and why not go ahead and throw in a few aluminum inserts.

The Engine

2013 Mazda RX-9 Coupe Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Under the hood, Mazda will place a 16X rotary engine rumored to be attached to an electric supercharger. This engine will feature an 800cc x 2 configuration, up from the current 13B’s 654cc x 2 format. It will deliver around 300 HP, while the fuel economy will be improved by 20%, leaving behind the main reason why the RX8 needed to be discontinued. The engine will be mated to a new twin-clutch, two-pedal six-speed transmission with a twist that allows drivers to set the revs at which the clutches engage.

It is also rumored that the RX-9 will be offered with a Honda-style gas/electric hybrid system that will not only include a regenerative braking system to charge the batteries when coasting and decelerating, but also an engine stop/start system that will help improve the fuel economy. This rumor has already been confirmed by a Mazda insider who in a previous interview said : "We’re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger."

The RX-9 will be offered with 17- or 18-inch wheels and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and stability/traction control.

The Competition

2013 Mazda RX-9 Coupe Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Compared to the RX-8 who targeted models like the Volkswagen Scirocco, the new RX-9 will focus on competing with models like the Nissan 370Z. Do we smell a Japanese sports car war? We think so. But let’s not let them have all the fun, German sports cars like the Audi TT will also have reasons to fear the new RX-9.

When can I buy one?

The new RX-9 will make its world debut in 2012, and customers will receive their first units in 2013.

Source: Autocar

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  (474) posted on 01.6.2012

RX-9 Coupre really had a good look and in any color it is already looking great and stunning. Well 2013 is kinda a long wait but I think it is worth waiting for.

  (427) posted on 01.2.2012

Recently, I haven’t seen them releasing newer version for Mazda car. I wonder on why it takes so long for the debut of this car? I bet it will perform great since the 370 was listed on its competitor list!

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

Well, that one does make sense. It would really be better to designate the RX-9 as the RX-7’s successor rather than that of the RX-8. They wouldn’t want to make this one look like a follow-up from a failed project.

  (347) posted on 12.2.2011

300 horsepower? Well, I think it is already good enough on it, and I also noticed that it looks so elegant and expensive on its sleek body paint. However, I wonder if what are the other great feature of it?

  (300) posted on 10.16.2011

It looks so classy and fabulous on its body paint, and the mileage that this Mazda coupe had is really looks so elegant on it. I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like.

  (256) posted on 10.11.2011

I love the angst that this coupe had, and it is already looking great on its sleek body paint. I noticed that the front of this one was oozing with aggressiveness, but I wonder if what will be the interior of this will look like.

  (762) posted on 09.28.2011

I know Mazda Japanese car brand, have been dealing with their best futuristic sporty car. They always impressed and give something new with every car they made. Guess they have smart ideal combining hybrid technology to somehow trendy one.

  (539) posted on 09.9.2011

RX-9 Coupre really had a good look and in any color it is already looking great and stunning. Well 2013 is kinda a long wait but I think it is worth waiting for.

  (530) posted on 09.8.2011

This coupe really had an angst and an aggressive look and I noticed that in any color it would still looks so great and perfect. I just only hope that the engine performance of it is quite impressive either.

  (453) posted on 08.17.2011

Mazda had lots of awesome coupe and concept cars. Their cars are really had the angst. I love the platform of this RX-9, the debut on 2012 is really worth waiting for.

  (762) posted on 07.1.2011

I think they are offering a new platform for their newer version and I would say that it looks different from their previous model. However, I think I can see a lot of lines on its body.

  (530) posted on 06.3.2011

Oh boy, here we go again! I think I have seen it several times now. Mazda (or any other carmaker for that matter) would deny this one, only to unveil it a few months later.

  (314) posted on 06.3.2011

Trying to rebuild old units and upgrading it is a brilliant idea. In this way, Mazda has no worry about gettingnew models. They just upgrade and put some add ons on the car.

  (472) posted on 06.2.2011

A fury of the road. I think that’s the best way to describe this Mazda RX-9. Passing all the version of RX 7 and 8, it has something to tell right?

  (398) posted on 05.30.2011

We will still probably have to wait for sometime before we can actually see this one in action. But I do have high hopes for the car since its earlier version is good.

  (433) posted on 05.27.2011

Actually, from a technical point of view, that one is a rather good setup, since you can simply let the engine to the more tedious work, rather than having it do the start ups as well.

  (592) posted on 05.27.2011

well, that one is certainly an exciting development for the RX-9. Too bad though that they are only using the electric motor only as a power assist for this one.

  (427) posted on 05.26.2011

Yeah, you’re right. This one would indeed be a rather good followup to the RX-7. And I am really hoping that they would be able to incorporate some of the better elements from that car into this.

  (273) posted on 05.26.2011

Sorry guys but I think it doesn’t look in red paint job. However, for sure this car would be reliable just like any other Mazda car! I can’t wait for the released date of this car!

  (398) posted on 05.26.2011

Well, the good thing is they finally update this concept car but it somewhat disappoint me since they are competing against the 370z which I know is less powerful than this car.
I bet an aftermarket version of this car would be more powerful.

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