Article by Anthony Alaniz.
Sports car rumors always swirl around online. The Internet is a cesspool of rumors and speculation, but like any good myth, they are usually based on some sort of fact.
Mazda, which has recently come off its divorce from Ford, has been on a design and styling renaissance as of late. The redesigned 3, 6 and completely new CX-5 have been major successes for the Japanese automaker, along with its new line of fuel-efficient Skyactiv engines and transmissions.
The soon-to-hit-dealership-lots Mazda 2 and soon-to-be unveiled Mazda MX-5 Miata are just a few future offerings enthusiasts can expect.
While the restructuring has produced some great vehicles, it did spell the demise of the rotary-powered RX-8. However, rumors are beginning—and have been—swirling that a successor of some sort is in the works.
Motoring.com.au, which seems to be getting all the scoops as of late, is reporting that Mazda will have two rotary-powered sports cars in the offerings in the next few years. The site is reporting that Mazda is going to take its record profit and funnel it into research and development of new sports cars.
Allegedly, an RX-7 will bow in 2017, which marks the semicentennial of Mazda’s first rotary powered car, the Mazda Cosmo Sport. An RX-9 is then supposed to come in 2020, celebrating the automaker’s 100th anniversary.
"This is a very fantastic idea, 2017, [for] a new rotary,” Mazda global sales and marketing chief Yasuhiro Aoyama said in an interview with Motoring.com.au. "We celebrate the anniversary of rotary in 2017—then 2020 is the Olympics in Tokyo and the 100th anniversary of Mazda.”
Any details on specifications and performance are purely speculation. A 300-horsepower rotary engine was last rumored to be in the works from Mazda that could find its way into the RX-7 and RX-9, though a hybrid system has also been rumored for the RX-9.
This system would allow the RX-9 to keep up with the competition as fuel regulations become even stricter. It is even possible that electronically driven turbochargers could be used to increase power and save fuel.
Though Aoyama said the Jinba ittai ethos—the connection between car and driver—will remain the focus of Mazda, saying that a hybrid isn’t a necessity.
"We have our own definition of sports and our own definition of how to get Jinba ittai, the oneness between car and driver – and we do not have to necessarily compete with segments or competitors,” Aoyama said in the Motoring.com.us interview. "We are indifferent to the successes that our rivals are making; we need to make our own success and forge our own way forward.”
Mazda is clearly on its own path for future products. A new rotary powered sports car would elevate the company to a completely new level of enthusiast loyalty. We can only hope that at least a few of these rumors come to fruition.