What if Mazda made A mid-engine Ferrari fighter?
It's been five years since the stunning Mazda RX-Vision Concept was unveiled previewing a future RX-8 successor. While rumors of an RX-9 entering production have been rife for several years, the Japanese automaker still hasn't offered a new rotary-powered sports car since the RX-8 ended production way back in 2012, let alone a halo supercar. But what if Mazda made a mid-engine supercar to rival the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini?
It's unlikely to happen any time soon, but artist Joseph Robinson is here to show us what mid-engine Ferrari fighter from Mazda could look like.
With its dramatic design, wrap-around windshield, ultra-slim headlights and taillights, and unique wheels, Robinson's hypothetical Mazda 9 render looks unlike anything Mazda has ever produced, although it still retains the Japanese automaker's emotional design philosophy with its sweeping lines. There are still some traces of Mazda's current design language, however, including the automaker's signature grille.
The rendering artist envisions the Mazda 9 to have a hybrid powertrain featuring an electric motor paired with Mazda's famous Renesis rotary engine. It could also adopt a fully electric powertrain since Mazda already builds the electric MX-30.
In its European spec, the MX-30 has 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, while a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a driving range of around 130 miles on a single charge but it's safe to say the Mazda 9 would be significantly more powerful if it entered production. A halo supercar with a new platform would allow Mazda to compete in a more premium market and it could also be homologated for motorsport.
For now, the closest we're likely to get to the Mazda 9 is the long-rumored Mazda RX-9. We were starting to lose hope of it ever getting the green light, but last year, patent filings showing a unique spaceframe chassis suggested Mazda's new rotary sports car could debut sooner rather than later.