In about a week time, Mazda is going to introduce the new Mazda RX-9 at Tokyo motor show. There are two possibilities on the car’s identity; a hard-top variant of the new MX-5 Roadster or to call the car RX-9.
Mazda is set to replace the RX-7 and RX-8 rotary coupes, following a steer pointing to another car on Mazda’s Tokyo. In comparison to the Cosmo Sport, or better known as the 110S, the Cosmo Sport was the world’s biggest mass-production rotary coupe.
In 2012, Mazda produced its previous rotary car, the 1.3-liter RX-8 four-door coupe. It is great to drive the Mazda RX-8 to 9000rpm, but the downside is that it used too much petrol and oil because of the lack in mid-range torque. Mazda is testing a new hybrid turbo rotary powerplant to overcome the problem.
On the other hand, Mazda is going to improve fuel economy and emissions by incorporating homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) as the centrepiece of the second-generation SKYACTIV powertrain suite.