• May 20, 2008
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The photo above looks too cool not to be a future RX-8 incarnation, but the rendering merely represents one Mazda fan's interpretation of the next Rotary-powered sports coupe. Forum poster Rhoadwh over at Fomoconews concocted the sweet-looking coupe after picking up on the most sensible parts of the Taiki and Furai concepts from this past year's auto circuit. Rhoadwh chose the front engine layout of the Taiki and the overall design theme of the completely badass Furai to make a race-ready RX-9 for the future.

Sure, this rendering is just one guy having fun, but we're with him in hoping that Mazda takes into account the outstanding design language used in the Taiki concept, and even more so the Furai. It's amazing what someone with Photoshop and a healthy dose of talent can do. Thanks for the tip, Mbuku!

[Source: Fomoconews]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical concept. Needs legal bumpers and lights, which will change the look substantially.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this car came out I'd simply have to go rob a bank to buy one. It's that gorgeous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess its based on the Furai concept, mazda is back
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mazda's interpretation of the Batmobile, I like it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      they are joking
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would I want a car that would cut me when I try to wash it? This is not a direct design should be going.

      ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap build it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      awsome... looks like one of those awsome toy cars or a car from a Batman movie... I'll take 3 please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd sell my car right now..along with a couple of other things to buy this. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't expect anything near the uber-performance sports car intentions of the 3rd gen 'FD' RX-7 from the next gen Mazda rotary car.

      Think something along the line of inexpensive fun of the 2nd gen RX-7 with the convenience that the current RX-8 offers. I do expect the rear-hinged half doors to be dropped in favor of a traditional 2+2 coupe though, bye-bye actually useful rear seats :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        idkkk....See, the thing is.....The next rotary they are talking about producing will be a 1.6L and be direct injected, that is a guarnteed 300hp and more tq!

        Direct injection and the different combustion chamber they are going to use will allow it to have a higher compression ratio as well. Basically its going to be badass. I think they are going to do all aluminum as well
        • 6 Years Ago
        @pmiddle5

        I thought they reason they have abstained from an all-aluminum motor had to do with the thermal expansion that would take place between the rotor housings and front/intermediate/rear plates, no? If they did go all-aluminum, though, can you think of how light it would be? My FC3S "block" (if you want to call it that) weighs right under 200lbs with nothing but the motor. Just think of the weight savings with all-aluminum housings and plates. Then use aluminum TB's, intakes, etc (which I'm sure they do now...I'm stuck in the '86-'92 generation :D)...wow, talk about a screamer.

        I guess engine weight reduction can always help aid the overall fat-trimming that needs to be done in today's cars. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I may be alone on this but I'm just not a fan of the Furai concept... As such, I think this is ugly. Sorry.
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