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UPDATE: The renderings come from the
click above for more images of this 2012 Mazda RX-9 concept

The only car brochure we ever held on to was for a 1993 Mazda RX-7. It was the baddest car of the time -- the 300Z was four years old, the 911 had gone soft, Ferrari had that hideous 348, the C4 Corvette never really did it for us, and the lunar lander Supra hadn't landed yet. The low, tiny twin-turbo monster was it as far as we were concerned.

Which is why we are always happy to read about the next coming of the RX-7. Just Put has renderings of an RX-9 concept that it says would have a Wankel powerplant of somewhere around 1.8 liters, and be more oil and fuel efficient than the current generation. Power would make it to an unidentified number of wheels via a dual-clutch 6-speed transmission and limited-slip diff.

We have no idea from where these two renderings have come. They could be official images that were leaked. Their slightly low resolution supports that theory, as often leaked images are small and enlarged beyond their resolution later. Or it could be a nicely done photochop by a fanboy. Either way, we think it lacks aggression and the rear looks highly derivative. The front end's nicely complex features doesn't seem to match the simple buttocks, another reason why it might not be the real deal. But hey, first let's get verification that an RX-something-fast really is on the way, and we can sort out the styling later.

Thanks for the tip, Jon!

[Source: Just Put]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I call it a fake. (Photochop)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its an Infinity G37 modified in Photoshop. Haha!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Also think its fake. Mazda has yet to put the direct-injected Renesis 16X into production. Its unlikely they are also working on a 1.8L "18X" (900cc per rotor).

        A new RX-8 is very feasible and likely (considering the spy-photos), but a larger RX-9 is not. Best Car magazine is however reporting a new RX-7 using the 16X rotary and design cues from the "Nagare" concept.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I call it an Alfa Romeo I dare you to say am wrong lol, happy new years http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/5892/alfaromeo8ccompetizionemx9.jpg
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Temple

        Agreed, they are just now increasing the displacement to 1.6L which hasn't been changed since the 13b came in the 2nd gen which came out in....85? 86? And that had only minor changes from the 12a which was what was used since rx's introduction? There's no way they're already ready to bump it up again.
        • 7 Years Ago
        G37? Looks like a fuglier Crossfire to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah it's a pasteup of something but it address a real need by the number of comments, namely, get us a real RX7 with an ass kicking edge to it. The only advantage a rotary has is that it jams on lesser cars and as I understand it the 1.8 is a real deal. So from a trueblood Mazda guy, hear me, build something like this, make it competitive and you will sell it. Trade on your Le Mans win heritage and make those who own an RX proud to drive something that feels like a race car for the street, which is the true RX legacy......
      • 7 Years Ago
      im callin bs
      • 7 Years Ago
      Photoshop

      And the SVX was the baddest thing out there in 1993
        • 7 Years Ago
        The SVX - IMO - wasn't a sports car and did not compete with the RX. It was a Grand Tourer in the best of that style: it was a really competent high-speed cruiser that was fast and very quiet and, by virtue of its AWD, could cruise anywhere. I always thought it competition for the Lexus SC 300, more than the RX-7. I lived in Chicago then and the AWD was a plus.
        • 7 Years Ago
        cause nothing says badass like an automatic. a crappy automatic at that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The SVX was super-sexy, but it was bloated and slow. If it had shed 500 lbs and gained 100 horses, it might have been mentionable in the same breath as the FD RX-7. Sadly, it's not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look at the rear windows. They're completely different in both photos. The edge is straight in one, but the C pillar is swept upward on the other. Obviously fake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even if it were real, the design theme is out of touch with how Mazda's look. (I think they call it corporate identity)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come to think of it, Lincoln could DESPERATELY use a halo car right now to knock Caddy off their perch. Something like this with a 400HP twin turbo V6 could do the trick. Wuth all of the platform sharing Ford has going right now, why not?

      Oh, and make it hybrid while we're at it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2021/2145526058_0bd876ff03.jpg?v=0

        There you go.
        I'm not very good at photoshop but it would look real nice if I was.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Two problems I see with your statements.

        1. For and Lincoln need to build good cars before building a halo car. The new Focus is a sorry excuse in the world of compacts today. Lincoln has a total of 2 cars in their line, only one of them doesn't date back to the 90's.

        2. I'm no auto engineer, but I can't imagine an engine bay designed around a very compact rotary would lend itself well to a twin-turbo V6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @3cubed,

        That photochop is actually pretty slick. that front end looks pretty darn good on that car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fake, but hopefully Mazda comes out with a new RX sooner than later.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What are they talking about? The 348 was the best looking ferrari since the 1960's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know if the 348 was the best looking Ferrari since the 60s, but saying that the 348 is "hideous"... come on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you serious???

        The 308 and 328 were purer designs, and the 288GTO was head and shoulders better looking, and one of the first "Supercars"

        The 355 sucessfully remedied all of the 348's shortcomings, including the looks, and while I am not a huge fan of the 360's looks from the front, the 430 is fantastic.

        The 348 and 360 were lackluster, but the following 355 and 430, respectively, fixed their predecessor's problems.

        Back on topic, the Mazda is clearly an updated interpretation of a hoped-for Kabura production model with a Rotary engine, rather than the I4 from the Miata.

        I really hope it brings the 3+1 seating arrangement to market. Big driver's side cockpit, with a jumpseat behind. Forward positioned passenger seat, with a concave dash, and a generous (for a coupe) rear seat behind that, with a passenger side freestyle door. (Concept had a "pocket door", none on the driver's side)

        With low frame rails, and a bit if planning for the hood height and a little bit of liberty in the position of the transmission, a rotary or a V6 engine could fit. One of the advantages of a rotary, as well as a boxer, is that the low engine height doesn't have the detriment to the hood line that a taller V or inline engine does, concerning european pedestrian crash standards of having underhood empty crush space, which is making hoodlines increasingly high over normal V or I engines.

        I badly want a performance coupe in this idiom. More focused handling and lighter weight than the G37, without being spartan or cramped like the Lotus Elise, nor as expensive as the Boxster/Cayman, or the BMW Z4 M Coupe, and more practical and better looking than the 350Z, and more modern than the Mustang GT/Shelby GT.

        If Mercury isn't going to build a modern GT performance S197 coupe, then Mazda definitely should build this car on an updated Miata/RX8 platform, although both would be fine with me. rear-biased AWD would be very welcome, as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. Yeah, it's garish, but I loved it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Easy way to spot a fake is to look for things that don't line up like they would in RL. In this case, its the license plate and surrounding area. While skillfully blended into the rest of the body, its still not on the same plane as the rest of the car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        nice catch. can't believe someone would spend so much time on PS doing the car, and making such an obvious error on the license plate.
        • 7 Years Ago
        license plate ?! LOL LOOK AT THE REAR WINDOW OF THE CAR ITS COMPELETLY OFFF!!!! LOL LOL LMAO
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the rendering looks nice, but not in the caliber of an RX-anything. Mazda has made interesting design concepts in every car in their recent line up. The 93' Rx7 is a timeless design, and it is wise on Mazda's part to take their time bringing it back.

      The fact that they put out fresh looking cars that people love when compared to other car makers line ups. Should keep their design confidence forward thinking.

      To those pointing at Subaru, Toyota and Honda as better alternatives to the rotary, you need to skip articles on the rotary and stop posting your commets. You're like religious people trying to convert others to your beliefs.
      Rotary enthusiast, we love'em like Apple Jacks, "We just do".

      It is an alternative motor to traditional piston thinking. Even with it draw backs, it is still awsome to drive.

      And you haters are jealous. Obviously (like a woman in heat) you wonder what it can do, so you read about it, because your current car doesn't satisfy you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with 95% of what you just said.

        Mazda does have a lot of nice designs. I am not sold on their CUVs, but I don't really care about CUVs. The new 6 looks fantastic, and the 3 looks like what a compact 4 and 5 door pair should look like, and WAY better than the Impreza 4 and 5 doors.

        The miata took a step backward with the NC from the NB, which looked somewhat like an RX with the FD RX-7's coke-bottle curves. The RX8 is good, but could have been better with a fastback roofline.

        I agree that honda and toyota don't offer much as exciting and unique as the rotary engine is, and that the rotary is something special, despite a few differences from piston engines.

        Subaru is different, thought too. Boxer engines still use pistons, so aren't as radically different as rotaries, but they do have a torque and power advantage, and Subaru's engines are some of the most potent and bulletproof around, pound-for-power. The FD-3S turbo rotary had good power, but hasn't been realized since. The STI 2.5 Turbo has power, torque, reliability, and is further tuneable. AND it is lighter than most bigger engines, and very compact and very low, even if not as compact as a rotary.

        I like both the boxer and the rotary. They both have their individual advantages, and share a few nice qualities. (like low Cg and low hood height) Better depends on useage. Both are more interesting than a standard run-of-the-mill engine.

        I just don't understand why the "haters" feel the need to care about this, or insist that it should be something different than proposed.

        I am not sure if the proposed car will completely fill the FD-3S RX7's huge legacy. But if it is a fun, relatively light, good looking RWD sport coupe that is as fun to drive as it can be, then it will go a long way.

        Timeless design might be too high a mark to focus on hitting (and sometimes is an unintended positive result), and a failure to hit it might result in Mazda giving up on this market segment again. I'd rather have something in this segment, than nothing out of Mazda. Subaru has given it up, and there is a noticeable void after the demise of the 2.5RS coupe and the SVX.
        • 7 Years Ago
        YEAH MAN, THATS GOOD INFO ON THE SUBARU.
        I NEVER CARED ABOUT THEM, BUT GOT BEAT BY ONE ONCE IN A LATENITE DRAG EPISODE.

        THAT IS A GOOD POINT TOO, ABOUT THE FD BECOMING ICONIC LATER IN ITS LIFE AFTER MAZDA GAVE UP ON IT.
        ITS DEFINITELY DIFICULT TO PREDICT A DESIGN SUCCESS.

        IT WOULD BE HARD TO MAKE A CLASSIC UNLESS YOU CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE. MAYBE, MAZDA CAN BE LIKE FORD WITH THE NEW MUSTANG THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO PAST DESIGNS THAT WERE A SUCCESS.

        SO THAT YOU HATERS KNOW, I AM NOT HATING ON ANY SPECIFIC BRAND. I FEEL THAT "TO EACH HIS OWN", WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROTARY.
        ITS NOT COOL TO READ NEGATIVE POSTS FROM PEOPLE WHO CARE NOTHING ABOUT IT.

        HATERS SPEND YOUR TIME WRITING SOMETHING WORTHWHILE, RATHER WASTING POST SPACE.

        ( NOT YOU IN PARTICULAR MK )
        I APPRECIATE YOUR FEED BACK. GOOD LOOKIN' OUT.
        YOU'RE AN OPEN MINDED PERSON AS I AM.

      • 7 Years Ago
      As Zigzag states, these are images from the current Winding Road. I had doubts on the design language until I recently saw mazda's new Furia race car. This concept is another plus in my book. Can't wait to see what Mazda really has up their sleeves, especially after reading the Winding Road article.
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