AutoExpress in the UK reports that Mazda is still in the works with developing an RX-8 successor, which could be ready to go by 2017, according to the publishing.
The Mazda RX-8 was axed in 2012 and has yet to be followed up by any real and official inclination of a successor. Since then though, many rumors and reports have been floating around, none of which were official.
With this latest development, the name RX-9 may take form (not officially confirmed) by 2017, mainly to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cosmo Sport–Mazda’s first model powered by a rotary engine. As for the new engine, Mazda is reportedly working hard to remedy the issues that plagued original designs of their rotary, such as high oil and fuel consumption. They’re also looking to increase torque without having to utilize forced induction. Oh, and don’t forget the use of Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV tech.
Expected power output? Hopefully, around 300hp, the report proposes, obviously sent to the rear wheels. Expect a low curb weight to stay true to the SKYACTIV way and as a result, the next model may ditch the four-door setup of the RX-8 in favor of a normal two-door coupe setup. Architecture will be sourced from the latest platform being prepared for the new MX-5.