Mazda not planning a next-generation RX sports car, CEO says

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2014

For those who were waiting to the next-generation Mazda RX sports car, we have bad news as the Japanese manufacturer is not planning such a vehicle. These words came from Masamichi Kogai a.k.a. Mazda’s CEO, who also added that instead of building a new RX sports car he wants to use the resources in order to improve the Skyactive technology found behind their engines.

Kogai also said that company’s current lineup which consists of 7 vehicles is almost stretched to the maximum. Mazda stopped production of the latest RX model back in 2011 and it pulled out of Europe in 2010 after its vehicle failed to meet the standards on local emissions.

If you still don’t know, the Mazda RX-8 was the last RX model produced by Mazda and it was powered by a high-revving 1.3-liter, twin-rotor rotary engine that produced 232 hp at 8,500 rpm.

So, if you are an RX fan you’d better stick to your RX-8 as for the moment we will not see a successor to that vehicle!

Mazda RX-8’s powerful exterior showcases the brand’s unique sense of style. Although the RX-8 was enhanced to refresh the old look, the revamped model has maintained Mazda’s basic standards of design.

The notable changes are seen on the new 90mm larger tailpipes, new headlights and rear lamps as well as the redesigned fascia and bumpers. Moreover, the new Mazda RX-8 comes with the new 5-spoke wheels.

In general, the muscular and well-chiselled surfaces give the RX-8 an unmistakeable Mazda appearance. The model’s unique four-door style delivers convenience and space without compromising the car’s overall performance. The innovative door design provides easy access for the passengers whether getting in or out of the car. Meanwhile, the trunk has ample room for the luggage offering more versatility than any conventional sports car available.

The Mazda RX-8’s exterior is basically derived from a sports car while the interior possesses a very comfortable cabin with highly intuitive design. But there’s more, enhancements were added to give the owner a more pleasurable driving experience. These are the redesigned instrument panel, the new tachometer’s variable red zone, restyled front and rear seats and new steering wheel.

On the other hand, the low cabin floor design provides better forward visibility and lower centre of gravity. The shape of the seats is designed to deliver adequate knee-space and legroom for all the passengers. Mazda’s design and engineering team have also incorporated the rotary element to exude more sense of luxury throughout the interior. Furthermore, the seats were developed to support proper posture while the instrument panel has the right colours to minimise eyestrain or fatigue.

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