2017 Mazda RX-9 Review

Mazda is planning to bring back its 2016 Mazda RX-9 model after a stint of a few years. The RX-9 brand was first introduced in 2013 and it was a sports car which build up and was based on the RX-7 version. The first model also featured a rotary engine, which Mazda has pulled with the demise of the RX-8 model which was the last one to use this kind of a powertrian. But the rumors of a 2016 RX-9 version suggest a lot of things and one of them is an interesting concept for the powertrain as well.

2017 Mazda RX-9 front view

There was a lot of speculations around this model and some would say that it is still not prepared. In fact the release that we are getting on to get is going to be a concept version while the production level car is still a bit away, but closer than we may think in fact. The newest 2017 RX-7 model is all but prepared for the upcoming year but the concept for the RX-9 will perhaps emerge before it with the release date coming in the next few years.

2017 Mazda RX-9 rear view

What they are certainly planning to do is to build up the RX-9 model based on the image of the RX-7 Mazda which is going to receive some updates and the newest form of the Kodo design language that Mazda is incorporating on their models. The RX-9 is going to be a mere expansion on that which builds up on the currently available premise and look. Keep reading and use this review to find out the newest analysis about the 2016 Mazda RX-9 model.

Exterior concept

The exterior of the car is still not clear as the 2016 Mazda RX-9 gets under wraps. The concept model is certainly going to have some changes from their previous design seen tree years ago but will incorporate modern settings and looks which are seen in the current Mazda models. What we are pretty sure of happening is the inclusion of the RX-5 chassis which it used before and it is going to make the car even lighter, perhaps somewhere at 1250 kg. The model is also going to incorporate the looks of the latest Shinari concept which made its debut and passed with flying colors.

2017 Mazda RX-9 exterior

But actually the design which will confirm our assumptions is still a full year away as the 2017 Mazda RX-7 holds the keys on how the production level of this car will look. That model is ready to introduce the latest design language coming from Mazda and it will gear us for what the production level model might bring. But what we are sure that we are going to get here is a modified version of the company’s wing grill in the front and some new headlights with LEDs. The model is also going to come with 17- or 18-inch wheels and four-wheel disc brakes.

Interior changes

For the most part, the same thing goes for the 2016 Mazda RX-9 interior. It is going to follow the looks made available by the current fleet of Mazda models and there are going to be some contemporary changes made here. We also assume that the basis for the inside is going to be the RX-7 but in a much sportier and enhanced sort of a way. This is a sportier version so a carbon copy of it is unacceptable, so prepare for more sporty details.

2017 Mazda RX-9 interior

We are certainly going to get some sport seats inside which are supposed to sporty your back during larger speeds and an appropriate sports steering wheel. The comfort will be enhanced with some leather upholsteries added and some aluminum inserts as well which are going to enhanced the atmosphere. Of course, expect a lot of other sporty details and additions made here.

Powertrain options

We do predict that the 2016 Mazda RX-9 is going to bring back the rotary engine which has been missing from the Mazda lineup for some time now. The 16X rotary engine which is rumored to be used here is perhaps going to be paired with a electric supercharger. The predicted confirmation is that the engine is going to get a 800cc x 2 configuration from the current 13B’s 654cc x 2 format. This will allow it to go well beyond 300 hp, but the official exact specs have still not arrived. The great news is that it is going to enhance the fuel economy and make it a whole 20% better than before. It is also going to combine the engine with a new twin-clutch, two-pedal six-speed transmission.

Release date and price

2017 Mazda RX-9 side view

The given 2016 Mazda RX-9 concept is going to come out at the end of this year or the start of the next one. But the production version is still a bit away. The release date which is stated for now is that we might get it until 2020 which is going to be the centennial of the Mazda company, so it makes sense that they release it as a celebratory model. But still there is too much time till then and it will depend on how close the design actually is to its finish. We see it as being released a lot closer than it was stated and we can expect to get a production version in two years.




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