2020 Mazda RX-9 Mule Makes Spyshots Debut, Looks Odd

You are now allowed to go crazy about the Mazda RX-9 rumors, as the first test mule has emerged for testing. Rumors suggest it's going to come out in the fall of 2019 or early, so don't judge this book by its ugly covers.
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The dream is real, boys. But right now it looks like a nightmare. The RX-8 might be the perfect testbed for a brand new rotary engine, but its styling screams "riced" when compared to modern competitors like the TT RS or Porsche's 718 Cayman.

The engineers have also made it a little worse with some peculiar fender inserts. Whatever! If you can't handle looking at this prototype, then switch back to the excellent RX Vision rotary-powered concept car, and you'll be okay.

Reports from Japan dating back a few months said to expect around 450 horsepower from the SkyActiv-R two-rotor turbo engine plus an electric motor.

It would be Mazda's first car to follow the performance hybridization trend, and that would be part of the reason why the RX-9 is said to cost as much as 10 million yen or about $90,000. Of course, prices on new cars differ from one country to the other, but the point is that it's not going to be cheap, much like the RX-7. The output figure also suggests the Japanese sports coupe will be more of a competitor for the 911 rather than the 718 series.

Mazda's engineers and designers want to get the car as close as possible to the RX Vision, so expect it to measure 4,440 mm in total length, 1,910 mm in full width and 1,180 mm in height. The overall weight is expected to come in at around 1.3 tons.

Of course, the whole point of the Wankel sports coupe is that nobody else makes a car like this. There are many more challenges her then turning a VW Golf into the Audi TT. It's also a huge risk for a company that's not that big, but fans demand another RX.
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