Mazda RX-9 price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
October 15, 2019

Mazda is rumoured to be developing a successor to the legendary RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars – it’s called the Mazda RX-9. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Rumoured

    Mazda RX-9 sports car

  • Specs include

    turbocharged rotary engine

  • Price and release date

    £50,000; late 2020

At first glance, this solitary Mazda RX-8 lapping the Nurburgring might not look like much, but add a camouflaged nose and a sprinkling of rumours that a new rotary-engined sports car is on the way, and you have yourself all the ingredients you need for one of the biggest stories in the car world this year. 

The footage was captured by YouTube user Auto Motive Mike and shows an RX-8 with its nose dipped in vinyl and a bonnet that sits proud of the front bumper – suggesting there might be something special lurking underneath. Equally reassuring is the turbine-smooth howl from the exhausts (a rotary trademark) when the car powers out of bends and the fact that this particular car is not hanging about – indicating this isn’t the range-extending hybrid motor that’s tipped for a new Mazda SUV that will be revealed at the Tokyo motor show later this month.

In truth, the mere fact that the engine’s sitting in an RX-8 shell indicates that, whatever car it’s destined for, it’s some years away yet. That said, you can seek solace in the fact that Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda has confirmed a top-of-the-range sports car based on the RX-Vision Concept, and likely to be called the RX-9, is still a real possibility.

Mazda RX-9 price and release date

While it’s too soon to confirm a date for the launch of the new RX-9 we could see the car as soon as 2020 and it’s likely to carry over some of the technology that will feature in Mazda’s new range-extender hybrid that will be revealed next month.

The RX-9 will be Maxda’s flagship sports car and you can expect it to have a price tag of at least £50,000 to put it head-to-head with the new Toyota Surpa and Porsche Cayman.

Mazda RX-9 specs

There’s been talk of a new RX-9 – a successor to Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars – since the covers were whipped off the Mazda RX-Vision concept (pictured) way back in 2015.

It’s a testament to that car’s design that, four years on, it looks fresher than some cars that have just been revealed. There are some obvious stylistic similarities to the new Mazda 3 including its kinked grille and piercing headlights and the two cars share the flowing lines of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy.

The car’s poised stance could be thanks to the RX-9 coming with a compact new rotary engine that sits low down in the car. That seems to be confirmed by a design patent recently filed by Mazda which shows the front of a car which has space-consuming, double-wishbone suspension (the kind usually given to sports cars) and a small engine bay that would be the ideal home a small rotary engine.

Instead of using conventional cylinders the rotary engine’s rotor spins inside its housing to create a turning motion. It has fewer moving parts than conventional engines, is smaller, lighter and smoother. In the RX-9, you can expect it to be turbocharged to produce power of around 300hp, a figure that would get the car from 0-62mph in less than six seconds.

What that rotary engine should also mean is that the RX-9 will be great to drive, its low centre of gravity and lightweight making the car feel nimble in corners. Like Mazda’s MX-5 sports car, you can expect the RX-9 to be rear-wheel drive and to send its power through a limited-slip differential that should make it easy to slide on track.

Keep your eyes peeled to the carwow news pages for all the latest on the new RX-9 when we have it.