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The RX-8 took some heat for being softer and less engaging than the chassis-code "FD" RX-7 car that preceded it, and while it was still a competent driver, it just lacked that certain special edge. Before the company revitalized itself with a slew of strong new products, it looked as if the rotary was dead.
Enter the RX-9. An 800cc, dual-rotor hybrid powertrain is rumored to be in the initial stages of development. Early rumors suggest the engine may produce at least 350 horsepower. If approved for production, Mazda may aim to debut it as a halo car ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
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Pictured: Mazda Shinari concept featuring Kodo "Soul of Motion" design.