New Mazda RX-9 to combine rotary power with Toyota’s hybrid technology

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Word has it that Mazda is development of the RX-9 is back on schedule, but due to its current effort in development of its new SkyActiv engines and transmissions and the fourth-generation MX-5, progress has been a bit slow on the RX-9’s development side. After all, the Mazda Miata is the bread and butter of the company.

According to Motor Trend’s report, “We want to take the RX-9 to the next level but just can’t find the man-hours to do it,” says our insider. “We have a guideline. We know what we have to do. But as we must give priority to the next-gen MX-5, we only have a small band of guys working on the RX-9.”

If the Mazda RX-9 ever produced, it will be based on the RX-5 platform. This means that Mazda may consider using the SkyActive design in the Wankel engine, which may be in a hybrid system from Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, in order to increase performance and reduce power consumption. If this comes to reality, we may be seen the world’s first rear-wheel-drive hybrid sportscar for the masses.

Motor Trend also reports that the body of the RX-9 will have a traditional aspect of two-door coupe, which done away of the suicide door. And much of the exterior styling will be based on the Shinara Concept.

Source: Motor Trend