• Sep 18, 2007
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Word from inside the pages of an unnamed Japanese auto mag is that this car will debut on the Mazda stand at this year's Tokyo Motor Show next month. The coupe is obviously inspired by the trio of concepts that Mazda debuted on the auto show circuit last year: the Nagare, Ryuga and Kabura concepts. While we don't know if these pics are official from Mazda or merely renderings produced by the magazine, we can tell you that at least the head on shot is a touched up version of a Kabura sketch. In fact, the entire car looks mostly like a production version of the Kabura Concept, though it features cues from all three concepts.

Though it's not known whether it would be front- or rear-wheel drive, the article is reported to mention that it would be powered by the next generation of Mazda's rotary engine, the RENESIS(2), which itself will incorporate the first increase in displacement of a Mazda rotary engine from its famous 1.3 liters since 1974.

Regardless of whether or not these are official pics, one thing's for sure is that they show a car we'd want to buy. Ever since seeing the Nagare, Ryuga and Senku concepts, we've wondered how those radical concepts might translate into a production car, and we might have our answer in a few weeks.

Thanks for the tip, Michael!

[Source: Rotarynews.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "will incorporate the first increase in displacement of a Mazda rotary engine from its famous 1.3 liters since 1974."
      what about the 20B? or the 26B four rotor you can buy in new zealand..
      "Please don't talk about the stone age LS1/2, if any engine is wordt of replacing the 13B than its a 2JZ-GTE or RB26DETT and not LS1/2."
      uh no actually the LS1/2 is much better than those two heavy lumps for a mazda application, if you think about it
        • 7 Years Ago
        The rotor dimensions haven't changed since 1974. The 20B and 26B both use 13B-sized rotors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 3rd Gen RX-7 (92) was an awsome car to drive and look at....but what a high maintenance whore! That car made you pay for the fun. I maintained it to the nats ass and was able to get 100k before having to rebuild the turbos. I sold it after that. I wouldnt buy another..just to expensive. I dont have time to worry about vacum houses and rotary seals going every mile I drive. But it was fun....the only car I ever kept a picture of.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those are clearly renderings, possibly from Mazda itself. However, that car is stunning. I seriously hope that this is an actual car and not speculation. I seriously hope harder that this is a production car (RX-7?)

      A few more weeks...
      • 7 Years Ago
      mark me as salivating for hard info...

      If they can make it sexier than the new 6, in a coupe, without going too insane (some of their concepts were a bit off the deep end) I will be quite interested.

      I have been wanting the 3+1 Kabura concept for a while. This somewhere between that and an RX8 replacement with the 8's issues worked out will be very interesting.

      Increased displacement is interesting, and I wonder how that will influence torque production, and whether it will be another rotor, or larger rotors...
      • 7 Years Ago
      not too bad

      please be RWD and cost less than $30k base

      • 7 Years Ago
      Why the long hood? One of the great things about a rotary engine is that it is very short and compact. 3 rotors maybe?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice rip-off of the Aston Martin Vantage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ummm....what? Do you need corrective lenses?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, if Mazda can create a Vantage look alike for 1/3 the price, sign me up.

        For the record I dont see the similarity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this more then the RX-8 by a million already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting, my Renesis didnt die at 30k, not even a slight murmor at 45.... with correct oil change + top up.

      I am glad to see that this is rotary, if its the same one mazda mentioned a few months back its due 2010...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, rotaries are reliable. What car makes you think they are not? The third gen Rx-7? That is mainly due to those people who cannot tune a car properly. The Rx-7 also had the issue of a an insufficient radiator to counteract the even more excess heat due to twin-turbocharging.

      The Rx-8? Check the amount of people that actually have their engine replace. It is an unfortunate few that had 4 port rotaries (read automatic 2004 and 2005 Rx-8's) and those that just are unlucky. The amount of people that actually have had their engines replaced is less than what people think. Again, people who have issues are the ones who complain the loudest. Yes, there are issues with the Rx-8, but it is around the same as any other car. You just don't hear about it as much with other cars.

      And at rx8club.com, you will see many people have exceeded 100,000 miles and one person who has reached 192,000 miles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can those photos be any more grainy or horrible?
      • 7 Years Ago
      40th year Tokyo Motor Show
      40th year of Mazda Rotary
      10th year of 7stock this weekend. It would be nice to see at least the Facelift for the RX-8 if not the new Renesis2. Both would be fanatastic!!
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