Mazda is the only manufacturer in the World which managed to keep the rotary engines in their lineup after the 1970s which is very admirable considering how unique the rotary power is. However, since 2012 they did not have a rotary powered car on the road mostly because it was not able to keep up with the tighter emissions regulations around the World. However, not too long ago they released the RX Vision concept car which has been said to use an all new rotary engine and while the car will not go into production, they will release the 2017 Mazda RX9 at the Tokyo Auto Show to mark the 50 years since they first introduced a rotary powered car on the road.
2017 Mazda RX9 Price
At this point in time there are still very few details about the RX-9 but it seems it will actually be a bit more impressive than we first thought. The car will be priced and marketed higher than the RX-7 which is expected to be aimed at the Porsche Boxter. The 2017 Mazda RX9 on the other hand should be just as good as any other super-car so we do expect it to cost well over $100,000 and to be able to compete with the GT-R, a feat which has not been achieved ever since the last RX-7.
Unlike the lesser version, the 2017 Mazda RX9 is expected to get a carbon fiber chassis on which a carbon fiber body will be installed. This should keep the weight down and it should allow Mazda for a really interesting design. The car will likely borrow quite a bit of elements from the Vision concept car such as the low and wide body but it may be slightly more different in the sense that it will offer a larger cabin. Things will change though and the final model will only be released in 2017 but until then we may see small leaks of the upcoming car.
Mazda RX9 Specs
In terms of engines, the 2017 Mazda RX9 has been confirmed to receive a rotary engine but at this point in time there are not many other details available. Mazda did say though that the engine will not get an electric aid which means it will not be a hybrid. This could mean that they finally managed to sort out the Wankel and they are likely getting much better efficiency ratings than before. In order to to this, they are likely using a turbocharger which on a 1.3 or 2 liter Wankel engine could provide in excess of 500 horsepower with ease. This would allow them to compete with the more exotic cars on the market such as the Porsche 911 or the Acura NSX.