Mazda Getting Closer to Replacing RX-8?
By Brendan Moore
The chatter is getting louder that Mazda will replace the aged RX-8 with not one, but two, new models in 2011.
One model is said to be a new RX-7, with a version of the Renesis 16X rotary engine that will put out around 250 hp. The Renesis engine can easily achieve 350 BHP without even breaking a sweat, but Mazda is said to be keen to keep the price of the new (two-seater, of course) RX-7 in the “affordable’ category.
The second model is rumored to be a range-topping RX-9, a coupe with good looks and the 350 hp version of the Renesis motor. The existence of the RX-9 has never been confirmed by Mazda, but there have been purported spy images of the car floating around the internet for over a year. Such a car would be expensive by Mazda standards and sales numbers would probably be forecast at a fairly low rate. Which prompts the question, “why”? In these dicey economic times for car makers, why put out a model that you know is not going to sell very many copies, when the money could be better spent developing a car with more mass-market appeal?
The rumor-mongers say it’s because the RX-8 has never done very well in the sales department, but can an RX-9 be expected to do better? It seems an expensive way to keep a flagship vehicle around. Nonetheless, that’s the chatter, and the RX-8 is ten years old and hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, so it may happen.
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