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The new Mazda RX-9 ???

July 22, 2010

Mazda plans new turbo RX-7.

Mazda is planning a turbocharged successor to the much-missed RX-7 that could arrive as soon as 2013.

The new RX-7 — which could be called RX-9, according to insiders — will retain the rotary Renesis technology employed by its predecessors and the RX-8.

This is despite the RX-8 — production of which will end next month — suffering from a shortage of torque and poor fuel economy.

But Mazda is considering a wide range of radical options to help the powerplant deliver better economy and the torque required to keep pace with rivals like the VW Scirocco.

One source told us: “We’re testing the rotary in conjunction with technologies including an electric turbocharger.”

The new model is seen as ideal candidate for the Nagare design language, which is inspired by nature — in particular, wind and flowing water — and produced five highly rated concepts in 2006 and 2007.

Nagare will not feature on any future Mazda concept cars (the firm will reveal a new design direction in the autumn) but it will still make it on to the firm’s upcoming production cars, including the newly launched 5.

Employing Nagare’s side panel creases should prove a more straightforward process on the RX-9 sports car.

Mazda RX-8 vs Nissan 350z

July 22, 2010

Another comparison between the RX8 and its closest rival.

Mazda RX-8 vs other coupes

July 6, 2010

Mazda RX-8 vs Audi TT vs Ford Shelby GT vs Nissan 350Z

Car and Driver Sports Coupe Comparison Test of Audi TT ,Ford Shelby GT, Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 350Z.

Mazda Rx8: 1.3l wankel engine 231 bhp RWD
Audi TT : 2.0l turbocharged 200bhp FWD
Nissan 350z : 3.5l v6 305 bhp
Ford Shelby GT: 4.6l 319 bhp

The rx8 came as the most fun and best handling to drive in the real world.