And we absolutely love it.
Mazda is not exactly known for sleek supercar designs and roaring engines: cars such as the CX-3 crossover offer basic practicality, and the MX-5 is an entry-level sports car, far removed from the supercar world. That hasn't discouraged car designer Joao Dias from designing a fiery Mazda RX-9 sports car however. Dias has been working with McLaren since 2016, and was the principal exterior designer behind the drop-dead gorgeous Elva special edition and the Range Rover Velar.
We've reported numerous times about Mazda's planned revival of the rotary engine, as well as visions of an RX sports car, but nothing serious has come of the latter. Now, Dias gives us a fresh taste of what he envisions the RX-9 Mazda would look like if he had the final say.
"The world needs more red Mazdas" Dias quips on his Instagram, where he has posted images of a sleek red machine that resembles the rotary-engined RX-Vision concept from a few years back. Mazda has failed to acknowledge or deny any plans to build a rotary-powered sports car which gives us a glimmer of hope. The last time Mazda gave any word on the matter was when chief exec Akira Marumoto said that the RX-9 was "a dream of everyone at Mazda."
The car we see in front of us sports a pure supercar side profile, but it is unmistakeably a front-engined car. Looking at the back, there are no intake scoops or mid-engined covers, which makes it all the more clear that this is a front-engined concept. This is a thing of beauty and is highlighted with some backlit Mazda logos on the center caps of the wheels, while behind the wheels we see a set of Brembo brake calipers and drilled rotors, and an enormous diffuser jutting out the back.
When asked what motor lies beneath the hood of this sexy machine, he replies "100 percent rotary inside." This concept gets our stamp of approval.