There have been so many reports about a successor to the Mazda RX-8, that we’ve lost count. Mazda has been very quiet on the future of its sports car lineup, but now there are reports that Mazda is going to reveal its next sports car, the Mazda RX-9 this fall at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
Rumors about the successor to the RX-8 have continued to circulate since the RX-Vision concept debuted back in 2015. Since the concept’s debut, Mazda did provide some hints that the RX-Vision concept could be headed to production and more recently there were reports that Mazda is working on a new rotary engine. The only big counter report came at the end of 2016 when Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai stated that the automaker isn’t working on a sports car that would be larger than the MX-5 Miata.
So what’s changed this time? Several media outlets in Asia are reporting that the Mazda RX-9 will make its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show this October. The reports also claim that the RX-9 will take styling cues from the RX-Vision concept and that it will be powered a new rotary engine with around 400 horsepower.
Given the fact that Mazda’s CEO stated less than a year ago that it isn’t working on an RX-9 makes these latest reports seem more like weak rumors than actual reports. We’ll see…