Mazda has a long running history with rotary engine despite their flaws. They continuously upgraded their rotary engine up until 2012 when the last RX-8 was made. Unfortunately since then not much has been revealed about a possible successor. More recently though things started to change. A short while ago they released the RX-Vision, a high performance two-door concept which could be the RX-7 successor everyone has been expecting. Unlike the RX-8, the Vision, or its rumored production model, the 2019 Mazda RX-9, is expected to be closer to a super-car than to a sports car. This means a much higher starting price and considerably better performance than any of its predecessors.
It seems the car may be built on Mazda’s SkyActiv chassis or at least a heavy modified one. Its predecessor was using roughly the same platform as the MX-5 but this is no longer going to be the case. Instead it seems Mazda will make heavy use of aluminum, high strength steel and carbon fiber in the making of this new model.
This should help them maintain a weight of less than 3,000 pounds while not ruining the car’s rigidity. As with all of its predecessors, the rumored RX-9 will be a rear wheel drive car and so far it seems it may be powered by a rotary Wankel engine. There will be some differences though but more on that later.
2019 Mazda RX-9 engine
A couple of years back Mazda trademarked a new “16X” engine which is a new type of rotary powerplant. It seems that this will power the 2019 Mazda RX-9 and it will come with plenty of improvements over its predecessor, the Renesis. For starters, this new engine will feature 2 rotors for a total displacement of 1,6 liters, over 25% more than before. On top of that it will feature turbocharging which goes great with the high revving Wankel. In order to alleviate some of the usual problems with this type of engine it seems the “16X” will feature a different Apex seal design.
On top of that it will feature a better oiling system and possibly a preheating system. These alone should solve most of the usual problems such as the insufficient lubrication or the cold-weather running. The end result is expected to offer in excess of 400 horsepower and likely north of 300 lb-ft of torque. The main drawback in the form of high fuel consumption is not going to change. As we said, the car will be rear wheel driven and so far it seems a manual will be offered. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mazda also offers a dual-clutch gearbox.
Its predecessor actually had 4 doors and 4 individual seats. This won’t be the case with the 2019 Mazda RX-9. For starters, the car will more than likely be based on the Vision concept. This means it will feature 2 doors and just 2 seats.
The long hood, pushed back cabin and really low roof-line are all expected to be seen on the future production model. However, the car is set to receive smaller wheels and more than likely a set of aerodynamic improvements. Most suggest the new RX-9 will receive some sort of active-aerodynamic features which will allow it to be fast without having to compromise on its cornering ability.
The interior of Mazda RX-9 2019
Inside the cabin the design is more than likely going to be based on that of its predecessors. However, Mazda is highly unlikely to take anything from the RX-8. Instead we will likely see something closer to the RX-7.
Most of the instruments will definitely be angled towards the driver while the cabin will definitely feel like a fighter’s cockpit.