So instead, what will we get? Well, Mazda doesn’t produce any sporting engines other than what’s in the ND Miata. The RX-9 will surely be heavier than the ND, so that likely won’t work. They don’t even produce a six-cylinder engine anymore. Mazda’s company slogan is Skyactive, whatever the hell that means. So I suppose what we should expect is a modern chassis, meaning something 3000-3500lbs. Two or four seats, 2 doors, a body with a high belt line, small windows, and big pillars for crash structure integrity. A Skyactive 4 cylinder engine at the front, and maybe a 6-speed manual gearbox if we’re lucky and a price tag of roughly 45 to 60 thousand dollars. Doesn’t sound all that compelling when Americans build great chassis stuffed with big snarling V8 engines for similar money; Germans will build you a turbocharged straight six-cylinder rocket with sharp handling, or Japan can offer you that German thing with a Toyota badge.
Fanboys everywhere know Mazda will have to find a way for the rotary to work in order to use the RX-9 nameplate and do it any justice. This fanboy agrees, but unfortunately doesn’t see it being a possibility.