With the successful RX-8 production coming to and end, end of next year, after a strong ten years, Mazda has a test mule in development called the X16, with an all-new Rotary engine, with fuel efficiency being improved by 20% and more all-round power.
This RX-9 is said to have a 1.6L Rotary engine that being developed this year and the car’s weight is said to be about 2,756 lbs (1,250 kg). A electric supercharger is said to come with the car, to boost the power to approximately 302 hp, the RX-9 will have a twin-clutch, two pedal six-speed transmission. Official information about the next-gen Rotary engine is said to be the first Rotary with aluminum side housings and direct injection technology.
The RX-8’s Successor, going to be called the RX-9 when it’s in production, will be based off the RX-7, as Mazda said that the RX-9 will a true successor to the RX-7, as the RX-8 was an attempt to make a practical, family sports cars, and Mazda plans to make the RX-9 to resemble the latest model of the RX-7. The RX-7 left production in 2002, after 24 years, there has been 811,634 examples produced, the RX-7 was put into production in 1978, to succeed the RX-3.
The New RX-9 is said to be built on the same chassis as the MX-5, either the current one, or the new one that is expected to be redesigned, being based off the Shiner Concept, and put into production by 2013-2014.
Mazda is planning to unveil the RX-9 sometime next year and sales begin late 2013, as 2014 models, other information will be released sometime this year or beginning of next year.