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A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad, it seems

It seems like every 6 months or so, a new rumor about the Mazda RX-9 or the revival of Mazda’s famous and iconic rotary engine comes to life. Kicking off a new decade comes a rumor that says a Mazda RX-9 is, in fact, happening, but it comes with a major caveat – it won’t feature a rotary engine. Word has it that the RZ-9 will feature Mazda’s new RWD platform and inline-six instead, the same setup that was rumored to underpin the next-gen Mazda 6 as well as Toyota’s next-gen Land Cruiser and 4 Runner. This is, as of now, just a rumor with zero confirmation from any credible sources, but it does beg the question: Is a Mazda RX really an RX if it doesn’t feature a rotary engine?

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We Demand a Mazda Sports Car That Looks Like This

We Demand a Mazda Sports Car That Looks Like This

You can call it the modern RX-7 or the new RX-9, all we know is that we want it right now

The Mazda RX-7 revival is a delicate topic. From what we’ve seen from 2016 onwards, the Japanese brand seems confused, with some of its staff quietly rooting for such a sports car to happen and others adopting more reluctant stances regarding a potential model that would slot above the nimble MX-5.

In the meantime, the Internet’s pixel manipulators are hard at work, coming up with renderings that depict what a modern RX-7 interpretation (call it an RX-9, if you please) would look like when dressed up with Mazda’s current styling cues.

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Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It's not As Simple as it Sounds

Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It’s not As Simple as it Sounds

Weight, handling, power output, and emissions all come into play here

Mazda is mulling over whether or not the next-gen MX-5 Miata should move into the electrification segment, something that could actually put it in line with the next-gen Porsche 718 should everything play out the right way. The important thing is that, no matter what, the next-gen MX-5 will remain light, compact, and agile, but how that’s going to happen is a mystery that Mazda still has to solve.

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The Mazda MX-30's rear doors are a cool tribute to the RX-8, but what's the point?

The Mazda MX-30’s rear doors are a cool tribute to the RX-8, but what’s the point?

Where’s the practicality, Mazda?

Mazda just launched its first all-electric vehicle, the MX-30, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s quite an exotic crossover in a sea of dull-looking haulers. And that’s mostly because it has tiny, rear-hinged doors like the RX-8, a sports car that Mazda built from 2003 to 2012. Needless to say, it’s a cool feature to have, but it ruins the practicality of the MX-30 and makes me wonder why Mazda went with such a design.

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Mazda's EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay

Mazda’s EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay

Well, it was only a matter of time, right?

Mazda has dropped a new teaser for its new EV that’s set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and, surprise surprise; it’s a coupe crossover. This can easily be deciphered from the sloping roofline shown off during part of the teaser video is a dead giveaway that’s backed up by Mazda’s description of a “coupe-like cabin” that accompanied the last teaser that showed off said cabin.

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Patent Hints at New Mazda RX-9, But Don't Hold Your Breath

Patent Hints at New Mazda RX-9, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

We’re back on the topic of Mazda bringing back the RX-9 with news from Japan

New rumors about an upcoming Mazda RX-9 have surfaced online recently. It’s not the first time that a potential successor for the RX-8 has been discussed and anticipated on the internet, so we’re taking everything with a pinch of salt for the time being - Something we advise you to do as well.

However, a fresh report claims that Mazda has been making some moves that suggest the RX-9 might actually not be a soap opera, but something the Japanese carmaker is seriously considering. It’s way too early to drop the hammer on that but bear with us to find out everything we know so far about the so-called Mazda RX-9.

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Long Live Mazda's Wankel Rotary Engine!!!

Long Live Mazda’s Wankel Rotary Engine!!!

The Wankel rotary is coming back, but not in the way you expect

It feels like Mazda has been dragging its feet when it comes to entering the electrification market, doesn’t it? I mean, as of now, the company is one of the few stragglers out there that doesn’t have a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle while the competition is already deep in the field, so to speak. All of that is about to change soon. Mazda is set to bring a new EV to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and, to top things off, it’s being boasted as an all-new model that features an all-new platform and design. In other words, it won’t just be a redressed Mazda 3 or Mazda 5 as we see automakers like BMW and Mercedes are doing. But, rumor has it there’s even more icing for this cake – icing that tastes like the Wankel rotary engine of day’s past and, suddenly, we’re excited. Let me tell you more about it.

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How Will Toyota Benefit From Mazda's new RWD-Based Platform and Inline-Six Engine?

How Will Toyota Benefit From Mazda’s new RWD-Based Platform and Inline-Six Engine?

There are a lot of possibilities on the table

Toyota has found it quite frugal to partner up with different automakers to keep costs down while delivering amazing cars. If you’ve paid attention to what’s been going on, then I don’t have to tell you about the obvious benefits these partnerships have provided to Toyota over the past few years. I’m talking about, of course, about the Toyota 86 and the Supra, both of which probably wouldn’t exist – at least not at a reasonable price point – without Toyota’s partnership with Subaru and BMW. Now, it looks like Toyota is getting into bed with Mazda in hopes to make use of the brands upcoming RWD platform and new inline-six engine. But, what does this actually mean for Toyota? Will such a partnership lead to an all-new Toyota sports car? Could it lead to the rumored and highly-desired rebirth of the Toyota MR2 name? Or, will this partnership birth a Mazda-powered Lexus IS a little further down the road? This partnership could lead to any number of outcomes, and I’m going to explore what some of them might be.

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Mazda Says Hell No to a Performance Version of the New-Gen 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Mazda Says Hell No to a Performance Version of the New-Gen 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The automaker may use the 2.5-liter turbocharged mill instead, but it still won’t be a Mazdaspeed 3

The 2020 Mazda 3 was launched at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and looked quite impressive overall. The first two generations of the Mazda 3 were offered with turbocharged versions, moniker’d as MPS, or Mazdaspeed 3, depending on the market it was sold in. However, Mazda decided to break the pattern with the third-gen by not offering the performance version, and it is doing the same with the fourth-generation 3 as well.

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A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn't Ruled Out Quite Yet

A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn’t Ruled Out Quite Yet

Mazda Electric Sports Car With a Rotary Engine Range Extender?

Ikuo Maeda Mazda Design boss said “When it is decided as a brand that we need a sports car, that’s when we will produce the car. As you know, we already have the MX-5. If we need a more premium sports car, then we need to have a serious think about it.” So yes, the production version of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept still isn’t out of the question, but Mazda is basically saying that people have to be ready to give some proper money for it. I am talking about $50,000+ here.

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Mazda's First All-Electric Car Will be a Stand-Alone Model

Mazda’s First All-Electric Car Will be a Stand-Alone Model

Mazda is set to launch its first serious all-electric model. Due in 2020, It’s a model that won’t look dramatically different compared to other cars in its range and one not developed as part of the automaker’s 2017 tie-up with Toyota.

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Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Mazda’s first production model with the SkyActiv-X engine

After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.

Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.

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Mazda Confirms the Rebirth of the Rotary Engine but Only as a Range Extender

Mazda Confirms the Rebirth of the Rotary Engine but Only as a Range Extender

Sorry, folks - no new RX sports car just yet

Mazda is finally resuscitating the rotary engine, but not in the way that the fans would have hoped. The Wankel will be used as a range extender for one of Mazda’s upcoming EVs which are part of its ’Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ program.

It’s been three years since Mazda unveiled the stunningly-beautiful RX-Vision concept at the Tokyo Auto Show and we’ve been dreaming of a rotary resurgence ever since. Now, finally, it’s going to happen. Mazda will launch its first two EVs soon, the first as early as 2019, and one of them will have a Wankel engine which will act as a range extender. The other new car, however, will be the first true EV built by Mazda.

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The New Mazda 3 is Inspired by the Kai Concept and Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

The New Mazda 3 is Inspired by the Kai Concept and Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

Debuts new architecture and SkyActiv-X engine

The fourth-generation Mazda 3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The compact sedan will get its styling cues from the Kai concept, which was showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017.

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Potential Images of the Mazda3's Digital Gauge Cluster Have Leaked and they Put Audi's Digital Cockpit to Shame

Potential Images of the Mazda3’s Digital Gauge Cluster Have Leaked and they Put Audi’s Digital Cockpit to Shame

Well done, Mazda!

The 2019 Mazda3 has been on quite the press run in the last few months. The latest buzz we’re getting involves the model’s cockpit, specifically the three-color, all-digital gauge cluster that looks to be a massive improvement from its previous iteration. Spy photos of the digital cluster were put up on a Chinese website, and they show two different configurations, each different from the other. The big takeaway here is how Mazda managed to evolve a design that already looked clean and mature in its current version. It’s unclear which cluster we’ll end up seeing, but each version looks promising.

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Mazda Wants To Sequentially Stack Two Turbos Together For Compact Packaging

Mazda Wants To Sequentially Stack Two Turbos Together For Compact Packaging

Double dose of boost, anyone?

In the search for increasingly efficient internal combustion, the zoom-zoom brand is once again turning to the tried-and-true turbocharger to up power levels without killing mpg. This time, though, it’s returning to sequential turbos, a technology it first used with the FD-generation RX-7.

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2018 Mazda RX-7

2018 Mazda RX-7

After many years of rumors, Mazda has finally confirmed that the beloved RX-7 will get a successor by the end of the decade. The confirmation came at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, where the Japanese brand unveiled the RX-VISION, a front-engined, RWD concept that sports an aggressive interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design language. What’s more, the company also confirmed it will have a new-generation rotary engine under the hood.

Mazda didn’t say when the production car will arrive in showrooms, but it seems that the next-gen RX-7’s development depends on how fast the engineers can come up with a reliable and fuel-efficient Wankel powerplant. More details should become available in 2016, but until that happens, we created a rendering of the production vehicle, as well as a speculative review about what the next-gen RX-7 might bring to the table.

Update 12/07/2017: Mazda has been caught testing the next-gen Wankel engine. Unfortunately, it was being testing in an older RX-8 shell instead of a full-body prototype of the next-gen RX-7, but it’ll do for now. The good news is that it is practically confirmation that a next-gen RX is, indeed, on the way. Check out our spy shots section below to see the RX-8 prototype with the next-gen Wankel and to hear what we know.

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New Rumors Point To 2019 Release Of Mazda RX-9, Tokyo Motor Show Debut

New Rumors Point To 2019 Release Of Mazda RX-9, Tokyo Motor Show Debut

You want a new RX, we want a new RX… will it finally become a reality?

When you get right down to it, Mazda’s lineup is just begging for a new RX. Never mind the demands from the fan boys – here we have an automaker that infuses each and every model its got with a little “zoom-zoom” magic, from its sedans to its SUVs. At the moment, the sportiest Mazda on the market is the MX-5, one of the most epic compact drop-tops that money can buy. But in an age of four-figure hypercars, the 155-horse MX-5 can’t always cut the mustard, no matter how well it handles. What Mazda needs now is something bigger, faster, and more powerful, a coupe with the soul of the Miata, but the beating heart of a high-end performance machine. Something like, I dunno, a new RX? Welp, rumor has it that’s exactly what we might get in October at the Tokyo Motor Show, with an on-sale date sometime in 2019.

That’s the news from our friends over at Motor 1, who cite “several Web sites in Asia” claiming Mazda might introduce a new generation of its rotary sports car this year. Of course, Motor 1 is quick to point out that the rumors are flimsy at best, and to take them with an appropriately sized grain of salt. But hey, hope springs eternal, especially amongst RX fans, so read on for some of the juicy details.

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Mazda Says No To Rotary Engine and Larger Sports Car

Mazda Says No To Rotary Engine and Larger Sports Car

The RX-8 won’t get a successor anytime soon

Mazda is famous for many things, but the rotary-engined sports cars are the company’s most iconic creations to date. So, it’s by no means surprising that enthusiasts have been clamoring for a successor to the RX-8 ever since the four-door coupe was discontinued in 2012. However, despite recent rumors that the Japanese automaker is working on a rotary sports car, it seems that Mazda doesn’t have any actual plans to build a production model.

Speaking to Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai broke heartbreaking news for rotary fans, saying that Mazda isn’t yet ready to produce an engine that would meet future emissions regulations.

"We ended production of the RX-8 with the rotary engine. But if we were to restart production of the rotary engine again, we need to make sure it wouldn’t be just short-lived. We need it to meet future emissions regulations. We are still conducting our r&d activity to overcome any issues we have with emissions and fuel efficiency," he said, adding that a range-extender rotary is more likely to arrive first.

"Considering regulations such as the zero-emissions vehicle mandate, electrification is a technology we need to introduce in the near future. The range extender would be the first," he added.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop here, as Kogai also told the outlet that a larger sports car that would slot above the MX-5 is out of the question right now. Kogai’s firm "No" comes as a blow to the head following reports claiming that the gorgeous RX-Vision Concept is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2019 with the RX-7 moniker. Needless to say, it could still happen in the future, but Kogai made it clear that such a car isn’t even on the drawing table. It may take a while...

Rotary aside, the CEO also confirmed that Mazda is working on a new generation of SkyActiv technologies that will find its way into production cars by March 2019. The Japanese carmaker also wants to move upmarket and distinguish itself from the other mainstream brands from the country. This overhaul will begin with the next-generation Mazda6, Mazda3, and CX-3, which are set to get "major updates."

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Next-Gen Mazda3 to Take DNA from Mazda RX-Vision Concept

Next-Gen Mazda3 to Take DNA from Mazda RX-Vision Concept

Mazda confirms RX-Vision is an evolution of the current KODO design language

When Mazda unveiled the RX-Vision at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, car enthusiasts all over the world began dreaming about a next-generation RX-7 that would include many of the concept’s spectacular styling cues. And, with Mazda having already confirmed that a rotary-engined RX-7 is indeed underway, a production-ready version of the RX-Vision is still a few years away. More recently though, the Japanese automaker revealed that the concept will inspire more vehicles from the company’s lineup, the first of which will be the next-generation Mazda3.

That’s the word from Mazda’s newly-appointed North American design director, Julien Montousse. Speaking to CarBuzz, which asked him whether the RX-Vision will become more than just a design study, Montousse confirmed that the some of its styling cues will find their way on future products.

"The RX-Vision is a breakthrough in Mazda design. We wanted to expand and capture more sophistication and the wow factor. This is the next evolutionary step for our Kodo design language. We wanted to generate an emotional reaction from the public. This design direction will inspire the future Mazda lineup, such as the next Mazda3," he said.

This is definitely great news as the RX-Vision is quite the gorgeous concept, even if the next Mazda3 won’t be as sleek and sporty. So, what are we to expect from this mash-up? Among the first things that Mazda will probably transfer from the RX-Vision onto the Mazda3 will be the larger front grille and the slim headlamps with thin LED inserts carved into the body. The compact could also get the blacked-out trim, most likely on its more expensive models, and a sportier roofline. I don’t see the concept’s taillights making it on the Mazda3, but the rear end should also get slimmer light units to go with the sportier design.

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Mazda RX-9 Tipped For 2020 Launch

Mazda RX-9 Tipped For 2020 Launch

Rotary-powered sports car could come in concept form in 2017

Either dreams do come true or Mazda has been manipulating us all along. Four months after the automaker’s global director and senior managing executive officer Yuji Nakemine doused rumors of an RX sports car, a new report from Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine indicates that the long-awaited sports car successor to the RX-7 and RX-8 is actually going to be built.

According to the magazine, the model will be called the RX-9 and it will be launched on January 2020 as one of the highlights of the Japanese automaker’s upcoming 100th anniversary. The full details surrounding the new sports car have yet to be revealed, but some interesting nuggets of information have been mentioned, none more important that Mazda’s plan to use a new 1.6-liter twin-rotary engine that may or may not come with turbocharging and compression ignition. It is believed that the powertrain will be able to produce around 400 horsepower. A previous rumor indicated that the powertrain will actually come in a hybrid setup to allow electric turbocharging. That said, the new report from Holiday Auto made no mention of that specific configuration.

The magazine did say that Mazda is looking at a weight of no more than 1,300 kilos (2,204 pounds) for the RX-9. The objective, it appears, is to keep the weight as low as possible to improve the car’s aerodynamics and maximize the potential of the new rotary engine. Such a setup would make the RX-9 a potent performance coupe that can live up to the expectations of being one of the highlights of the company’s centenary celebrations.

A concept version has been touted to make an appearance at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with the final production model scheduled to appear two years later at the same show.

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