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Mazda Engineers Want a New RWD Sportscar, Execs Remain Skeptical

Jeff Perez

Mazda never really had a whole lot of success with the RX-8. It was too heavy, too expensive, and for one reason or another, the rotary engine just didn’t appeal to most consumers — although, this writer would argue that it was one of the best cars in the market at that time.

So, when the RX-8 left the market for good last year, pretty much everyone, except myself, was glad to see it go. But what’s next? Murmurs of fresh new RX-7 have been floating around for years on end, and the MX-5 Miata is getting ready for a full overhaul in the next year or two. So will we be seeing a new rear-driver out of Hiroshima in the next few years? Well, maybe yes and no.

2011 Mazda RX-8

You see, according to Edmunds, Mazda engineers are willing and ready to build a new sportscar. However, Mazda executives aren’t entirely sure if it’s a smart business move.

With the MX-5 already getting a whole new look, in part thanks to Alfa Romeo, Mazda execs feel that another rear-drive sportscar in the lineup would just be too costly. That’s a risk that the big-whig execs are not willing to make just yet. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out.

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