Although it was discontinued back in 2012, the future RX-8 sport car concept appeared very soon again. Now, the vehicle could be presented next year. Yes, as 2019 Mazda RX-8. Well, the new car is all-new. Besides the name, there are no too many similarities. The fresh platform will make this vehicle lighter and able to use a hybrid or PHEV drivetrains. New petrol engines are coming for the RX-8. The car used Mazda Wankel units, but these didn’t live after discontinuation of its body. The company ended production in 2012.
The experience of the previous users shown the vehicle is cool for driving and tuning. The good thing is that 2019 Mazda RX-8 won’t have too much competition. For example, one of the rear models to get on the line with RX-8 is Toyota 86. However, we will see what the new platform is bringing. A sure thing is a rotary engine. Called 16x Sky R unit is coming with direct injection for sure, while there is a possibility for this unit to appear as a hybrid.
2019 Mazda RX-8 Release Date to be Delayed
The development of the 2019 Mazda RX-8 is slowed down with the lack of engineers. The new powertrain needs more time to fit the platform. Testing is ongoing, but there is still no schedule of a debut for the RX-8. Well, the engine is the one that causes delays.
The 2019 Mazda RX-8 won’t be released early next year. The car will appear as a concept model, and the production will probably start late in 2019. Then, we will know more about the price. At this moment, experts can only compare it to its rival, Toyota 86. If RX-8 wants to be competitive, then its price shouldn’t exceed $26,000.
2019 Mazda RX-8 Specs
Under the hood of the 2019 Mazda RX-8 will be a 1.6-liter displacement. According to predictions, this engine will be able to deliver 190 hp. Compared to Toyota’s sport car, that is only 10-15 hp less, depending on configuration. Well, the RX-8 must be very quick if it wants to have chances to compete in the sport car market. Expect a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).
The new rotary engine needs to meet emission and efficiency regulations in the US. Mazda is focusing on other segments, and this drivetrain is not a priority. That is the main reason for the delay. However, the Sky R 16x unit will enter production in the next couple of months. A not too long time ago, the Japanese carmaker announced the new generation of rotary powertrain will be available in 2019. We will trust their words and believe it is having a debut in RX-8.
When we say the rotary engine with internal combustion is not a priority, we don’t mean it compared to a hybrid. Yes, Mazda will also develop the hybrid powertrain for the sport car, but the petrol unit will come first. But, don’t worry, the Japanese manufacturer will also add an electric battery to the famous engine to make it more efficient. Various sources are confirming these stories, although chiefs are not making 2019 Mazda RX-8 hybrid official. Well, we could see some electric Mazdas in 2020 as well. By 2030 most vehicles by Japanese carmaker will have a kind of electric drivetrain.
For the 2019 season, it could be a mild-hybrid. The 2019 Mazda RX-8 will test the potential of this drivetrain, and engineers would soon upgrade it. The same motor could be part of the new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV lineup.
2019 Mazda RX-8 Redesign
Mazda sold almost 200,000 copies of RX-8 models during the 10-year stunt. Its look was marvelous. However, the emission standards killed it. Also, an aging design. To fix all that would be a huge risk and big investment for Mazda back in 2012. Nowadays, the company wants to bring back this car and make it popular again. Well, the segment evolved to new levels. Sports car class needs a refresh, and 2019 Mazda RX-8 could revive the tier.
But, before it happens, a lot of changes must be done. Definitely, the old model could serve as the base for the upcoming car. Aggressive, with a low center of gravity, the 2019 Mazda RX-8 will be a car for a street ride. Also, the recent design language by the company promises a lot of comfort and modern technology inside the cabin. We are sure that RX-8 is going to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay services.
Owners of the previous generation praised its handling and overall joy of the ride. However, it is not all about the response and cornering. Adjustable driver bucket will get heating, and probably ventilating at higher levels. Airbags and ABS are standard for all Mazda vehicles. The RX-8 will also get alerts, such as lane departure warning, or cross-traffic alert. Traffic sign recognition is one of the latest features developed by the company. However, this is one of the optional accessories, together with navigation. The i-Activsense is a detection feature that will recognize moves around your 2019 Mazda RX-8.