• Jan 3, 2008

Would you like some car with those wheels? This latest rendering of the anticipated Mazda RX-9 sports car comes from an enthusiast in Japan and was posted on the Ford fan forum FoMoCoNews.com.

Although the artist swears that it's close to the mark, the actual design, like the rendering featured on Winding Road, is expected to more faithfully portray the styling language previewed on the radical Furai concept. This illustration, meanwhile, appears to be more of an evolution of the current RX-8, but with enormous rims that would have to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 inches (which is farther than this thing would make it on public roads with those ground effects).

[Source: FoMoCoNews.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      this is sooo hot!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks great!

      I hope it is mid-engined and about 7/8 the size of the current model.

      It would be like dropping a rotary engine in a Cayman and adding ground effects.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. The Furai concept looks so awesome because of the aggressive stance the midengine allows it. It looks it's ready to pounce (and would look really cool if Puma sponsored a car and stuck its leaping puma on the side... though I really like the Puma logo, so go figure). anyway, love the midengined look and it would definitely differentiate it from the rest. Do it mazda!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It sure looks nice... but that front bit will get scratched real bad when going over the speed bumps.
      • 7 Years Ago
      +1

      100% chick magnet car unleashed...
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think it looks like the squashed and streatched body of a new beetle, w/ Lexus LF-A front fenders, IS-F fender vents, and the new beetle's rear fender flares w/ a Mercedes DTM racer's brake ducts...and a Mazda front. Actually, the lights even look like an LF-A's headlights, minus the weird tear thing.

      But all in all, I think it looks nice. I want an -8 so bad, but this fire hose of automotive goodness that is Autoblog has turned me into a procrastinator.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hi all! the rx-9 is not a japan's work but is my and i'm Italian. i have chopped the concept Taiki.
      this is my latest version:

      http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/3041/mazdageupdatenh7.jpg

      • 7 Years Ago
      omg, if thats is any right "THAT IS MY NEW CAR".

      I can just imagine that car going through the nurburgring.

      *holds breath*

      • 7 Years Ago
      I
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks awesome! Much better than that other design, as long as they tone down the rim size and the ground effects.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that is stunning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me?or does the the top half look like 2 door neon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can see it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There definately is some neon in that roofline.. someone mismatached a bunch of cars and calls it the rx-9

        It could look worse but I say bring on the Furai!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is why internet nothings don't design cars. This, like the "article" says, is an evolution and nothing new. Take away the rims and this is just the old one with ground effects and a nose job. The other one looked better. Winding Road is king. : )
        • 7 Years Ago
        if only the FD came with an engine that lasted more than 40K miles before a full rebuild
        • 7 Years Ago
        The FD was widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, so as a starting point there are worse places.

        This concept could easily be modified to incorporate the design language seen in the Mazda Furai. You can give this concept the Furai's curzes in the turn signals, the lights, the vent outlets.

        In my mind, the language of the Furai could be conveyed in the detailing, unless it adds some functional value that I missed. Those modern details incorporated with a foundation based off the FD and you have a pretty good crack at a Mazda sports car.
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