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2012 Mazda RX-9 - new details emerge

 2012 Mazda RX-9 - new details emerge
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Spiritual successor to the RX-7

New details are starting to emerge about the 2012 Mazda RX-9.

According to AutoCar, the RX-9 will be the spiritual successor to the RX-7 and feature a traditional two-door body. It is rumored to weigh approximately 1250kg (2755 lbs) and share chassis components with the next-generation MX-5.

Power will be provided by a new rotary engine, which is expected to use an electric supercharger, with upwards of 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS). Despite the added performance, the RX-9 will be more efficient than the RX-8.

A launch is scheduled for next year.

Source: AutoCar

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Comments (15)

 GTurbo GTurbo
Mazda are on a roll these days. This RX-7 Concept successor could be potentially big for Mazda! Watch this space.
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November 9, 2010 12:41 pm
 Ferraridude Ferraridude
At first I thought WOW this is a 2012 design . This design will be way ahead in futuristic look than it's competitors
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November 5, 2010 7:58 pm
 JZZero JZZero
Article and some comments fail, Nagare design is out, Kodo is in, any future rx-platform will have similar design structure of Shinari. Sky-G 1.6 liter Rotary engine still needs some improvement in co2 and emissions department before tinkering with power adders. Where this launch rumor came from i have no idea, Ikudo Maeda (rx7/rx9 designer)said it himself earlier this year Mazda Corp has no plans right now on producing a rx even if they have concepts already renderd.
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November 5, 2010 3:14 am
 fernan_wrx fernan_wrx
2012 can't get here soon enough! rotary turbo engines rule.
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November 4, 2010 11:44 pm
 Edison Edison
With piston engines getting so much power and fuel economy from a small displacement these days it becomes harder and harder to justify gas and oil-thirsty Wankel engines I think.
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November 4, 2010 5:24 pm
 DeRay DeRay
Mazda is done with the Nagare design style. I'm tired of hearing about Mazda MIGHT do. Show me a RX-9 then I'll believe it! What will they do with the RX-8, does anyone have an idea?
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November 4, 2010 3:26 pm
 joshg_5 joshg_5
2700lbs - Nice! Two-door - Nice! Rotary (which is efficient) - Nice! Supercharged - Nice! This thing is going to be somethin' to watch out for...
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November 4, 2010 3:21 pm
 Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
Not convinced about the electric supercharger, when batteries are empty (likely after few seconds) you end up with 200hp and very few torques... I'd support Dolomight's comment, adding serial sequential turbochargers as used in modern twin-turbo diesel cars (launched by the BMW 535d).
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November 4, 2010 2:15 pm
 PONTIAC G8 GXP PONTIAC G8 GXP
I don't like Mazda's Nagare design style, but new RX9 seems to be interesting
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November 4, 2010 2:08 pm
 Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
As long as they make it as nice looking as the FD3S and drop a 3-rotor in it, I'm onboard!
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November 4, 2010 1:45 pm