Mazda RX-VISION: What Is the Future Like?

What does the future hold for Mazda sports cars? The Mazda RX-Vision offers a glimpse at an exciting future and can reach production before the end of 2020. There could even be a road-going version of the Mazda RX, which would be the company's first car with a rotary engine since 2011. 

Now it's time to learn about its features. Before the end of 2020, hopefully, you'll be able to get behind the wheel of one of the best new sports cars on the market. Until then, here's a list of things you can look forward to. 

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Mazda RX-9 Styling

The Mazda RX-9 will be a striking two-door coupe with sleek styling and perfect seating for two people. It could potentially stem from an upgraded MX-5 chassis, only bigger and better. The RX Vision focuses on performance over Mazda's incredibly simple convertible. 

The Mazda RX will pull inspiration by potentially featuring thin headlights, a bold front grille, and a long bonnet. The company's typical sharp lines may be replaced by smoother sculpted sides and an elegant roofline. You may also find the rear spoiler and LED lights both at the front and rear of the car. 

Mazda RX-9 Interior

The RX's cabin will likely take design tips from the RX Vision's clean and simple dashboard. Unlike the concept, you'll find the roadgoing model with all of the typical comforts such as air conditioning and a mounted infotainment screen in the middle. You should see an increase in the material quality as it's expected to go above and beyond what Mazda currently offers. 

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Mazda RX-9 Engines

The Mazda RX-9 should have a newly developed 1.6-liter petrol rotary engine. This high-revving unit could create approximately 400hp. That is due to the combination of turbocharging and super-advanced ignition systems that are inspired by high-performance diesel engines.

Mazda RX-9 Release Date and Price

Mazda Rx-9 side view

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Since the reveal of the Mazda RX Vision during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the company has updated the car's price. Once on sale, the prices could probably be compared to the Porsche 718 Boxster. The entry-level cars could run you over $50,000 which still undercuts the Jaguar F-Type and the raucous Nissan GT-R. 

Now that the Mazda Concept has been revealed, you can guess that it'll serve as a replacement to the RX-7. The car is designed for nothing short of high performance. The company will definitely take it racing, which leaves many of us wondering what the racing version will look like. 

As of now, no one is clear on what the intentions are for the new rotary sports car. Luckily, since Mazda has the official pictures of the Mazda RX-Vision concept car. This reveals how much the style is inspired by the incredible first-generation RX-7.

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More to Keep in Mind About the Mazda RX

Mazda hasn't showcased the impressive rotary engine design since the RX-8. This ultimately left a bittersweet impression on fans of the RX-model once it was discontinued in 2012. Some people even argue that the awful reputation the RX-8 had was because of its bad rotary engine, which was a lackluster spin-off to the one in the RX-7. 

Despite the last iteration, Mazda fans still prefer the idea of Wankel engines inside of cars, which Mazda hopes to capitalize on. Hence why it came up with the creative idea of reconstructing the rotary engine to be a range extender on its hybrid sports car. This will change from the previous Wankel engines that are designed turbocharged. 

Although fans know and appreciate the technological advancement, they worry about Mazda not being able to make all of the improvements before launching in 2020. They have all of the right to be skeptical. Wankel rotary engines have a reputation for having a subpar surface-to-volume ratio, which is one of the main reasons why these cars with great engines have poor mileage. 

Another common concern is knowing whether or not the rotary engine will pass emissions. Rotary engines in Mazdas from previous generations are lubricated with a small amount of oil sprayed into the chamber. This is a similar lubrication process to that of two-stroke engines since the method is outdated from the current emissions regulations.  

Will the RX-9 Really Come in 2020?

Mazda Rx-9 in full view with people observing from behind

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For all of the Mazda fans out there, you probably already know that it has been aiming to keep the rotary engine alive well before the RX-8 was discontinued. The Wankel engine was used in a series of concept cars that were previewed over the years. Unfortunately, most of them never fully made it to the production stage. 

Does that predict that the Mazda RX-9 is simply one of the other many concept cars that were created to be within grasp but are better off away from being produced? Quite honestly, critics and fans that are anticipating the big reveal aren't enough to get the car into production mode. That is due to the rotary engine's demands for proper development and the RX-8's controversial reputation. 

Why You Should Keep Your Hopes up for a Mazda RX Vision

Car manufacturers are dedicated to reducing carbon footprint by developing more electric vehicles. These environmental concerns paired with the electrification trend are solid and logical reasons why Mazda should get going on creating a range extender rotary engine. This would also be crucial in order to see the RX-9 with a brand new rotary engine. 

Since Mazda has already gotten a patent registered for this technology back in 2018, that could mean that more technology is on the way — check back with us for the latest updates!

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