• Jul 24, 2009
Mazda RX-8 R3 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Several reports have surfaced over the past day indicating that Mazda is prepping a thoroughly redesigned RX-8 for display at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. However, according to Mazda USA's director of communications, Jeremy Barnes, the next rotary-powered coupe won't debut for at least a few more years.

Since Mazda just released the facelifted RX-8 last year, a full-scale overhaul seems a bit hasty, particularly considering the four-door coupe's niche status. If something does arrive in Frankfurt, it's likely a region-specific model, packing some additional features (new Recaro seats and infotainment package, say) akin to the recently released R3.

As for the next RX-series from Mazda, the automaker is hard at work on the all-new 16X rotary engine, and in that case, a revised Wankel rotary is expected to power the updated model, which is not expected until around 2011 or 2012.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's so under powered for that chassis. That body is crying for a 300 hp engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The RX-8 chassis is superb, with great balance, awesome grip... that is saddled by a wimpy engine... it needs more cojones. Where is the turbo to bring torque up?
      Looks like the next gen engine will help that along.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing is that Auto motor und sport announced a facelift version of rx-8.But in germany the current version on sale of rx-8 is that pre-facelift.In usa for example is that post facelift..

      So everyone hurry to use that news...but WRONG!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This whole thing about small engine in heavier bigger cars don't work. It's not the rotary engine that eats up fuel like crazy, is the size of the engine and the size of the car. In my old Rx7 rotary with the 12A engine I was getting about over 30mpg combined before I sold it, but then again the weight of the car wasn't significant. Mazda put the wrong size of engine in this car, Mazda should of just put a 4 liter turbo or a V6 and should it called the MX6. This car is a disgrace for the RX names, is just to slow for the price and at the same time a gas guzzler. I just hope Mazda makes one better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011 or 2012 for an RX-7 successor? That's fine Mazda! Take your time, I've been waiting since 95 when the FD was last seen here. As long as it has 2 doors, 2 seats, and around $30K, I've got a deposit lined up for the purchase. Until then, I'll just keep throwing money at my T2 Vert, and daily drive my Honda. The 16X better have around 300hp though! Long live the Rotary!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hell, I'm waiting for an RX-9. Bring on a new suicide-coupe!
      • 5 Years Ago
      At 18 MPG combined, it qualifies for the Cash-for-Clunkers program!

      I have the 2004 model and I never got better than 16 MPG combined from its pathetically weak engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with Kitko here. I get over 20 mpg on mine consistently.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Learn to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be fair, the fuel economy ratings for that small engine (regardless of its given power output) are pretty bad.