Next-generation Mazda RX sports car will only arrive with a rotary engine, design chief says

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2014

Mazda’s global design chief Ikuo Maeda seems determined to convince company officials that the brand needs a new RX model. Maeda, who designed the RX-8 sports car while his father was the creator of the RX-7, says that he will never give up but still, nothing has been decided. What’s for sure is that the next-generation sports car won’t get a fuel-injected Skyactiv engine.

Maeda is convinced that the upcoming vehicle should get a rotary engine because even its name, RX, refers to ‘rotary’. For those who don’t know, the RX-8 was phased out in 2012 due to poor sales and according to Mazda CEO Masamachi Kogai, the company needs to make sure that sales of an upcoming RX model would total 100,000 units per year in order to justify a revival.

The last generation Mazda RX, the RX-8, used a 1.3-liter rotary engine that produced 250 hp and was bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Regarding the performances, the RX-8 was able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.2 seconds, while offering a top speed of 224 km/h or 139 mph. If built, the new generation is expected to be much faster than the RX-8 but also more fuel-efficient.

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