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Could We See the New Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 by 2020?

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Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 to be launched by 2020

The 1995 Mazda RX-7 still looks as good today as it did twenty years ago. Photo: Mazda

You read that correctly. In an attempt to compete against the plans of Nissan and Toyota, Mazda is set on releasing two rotary sports cars by 2020. According to Australian publication Motoring, Mazda’s recent wave of financial success may result in a leap forward in the development and revival of certain models: the Mazda RX-7 and RX-9.


Taking Another Shot: Repeated Revivals of the Mazda RX-7 and RX-9

The Japanese automaker has already made several attempts to revive the sporty Mazda RX-7 since it was retired in 2002, but none have succeeded. Back in 2012, program managers for the MX-5 hinted that the RX-7 was in development, but the showroom still remains vacant of RX-7s. Even this past January, rumors were circulating that the RX-7 would be hitting the road by 2016.

The same went for the long-retired and commonly-named Mazda Luce (in the States as the RX-9) from the 80s, which is intended to be completely revolutionized as another sports car next to the MX-5 and RX-7.  The internet was abuzz back in May when preliminary reports about the 2017 Mazda RX-9 were released… and then in June when design footage of the 2016 Mazda RX-9 was released. By now, speculation and estimates are all over the place.

Understandably, that’s why Mazda is giving itself a five-year period to delivery on its next promise on the RX-7 and the RX-9. While attention is currently on the upcoming launch of the 2016 MX-5, Mazda is doing its best to deliver a new RX-7 by 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Mazda Cosmo Sport.

When 2020 arrives, Mazda will then by launching the RX-9 halo sports car in conjunction with the Tokyo Olympic Games. What better way to crown the 100 year anniversary of the Japanese Automaker?

Confirmation on the availability of SkyActiv technology has yet to be received, but hybrid features are not unlikely. Hopefully we can say the same about the “ever-in-development” 16X /300 hp rotary engine.

Now that Mazda has incentive to finally deliver on these teases and hints, we could be test-driving a Maxda RX-7 and RX-9 in the next half-decade.

Fingers crossed.

Source: Motor Authority


  • Exciting times for Mazda Fans! Mazda have been working on the 16X since 2004. I believe they’ve gotten the rotary set to deal with today’s strict emissions and consumption hurdles, as well as the reliability issues we saw with the Renesis. I believe the RX-7 will be a pure sports car with 2 seats, and will compete with the Boxster, Z, etc. Price will probably be in the $35K-$45K range. I believe the RX-9 will be a 2+2 GT that will go up against the 911, NSX, GT-R, etc. Price would be in the $50-$65K range. The rumor is that the rear-hinged suicide style doors from the RX-8 won’t come back, but I love those things on my RX-8. Hopefully they will be back.