Could Mazda RX-8 Successor Be Built On MX-5’s SKYACTIV Platform?

Although now it seems that the recent rumors about the successor of the famous Mazda RX-8 weren’t true, there’s a glimpse of hope. After the statement the Mazda CEO, Mr. Masamichi Kogai, made when he said that they’re not going to make a new RX model, there was not much space for high hopes. Since the official information is that the automaker doesn’t have a plan to develop yet another RX model, it would be strange if someone would question that. However, having in mind that the automaker has developed a new SKYACTIV platform for the Mazda MX-5, which can be used as a base architecture for various vehicles, the new RX car got a new possibility. According to the Autocar’s report, Mazda will gladly reconsider their decision and it looks like they’re waiting for better circumstances to develop a new version of the Mazda RX-8. Naturally, they’re going to do it if they can make a business case. So, they have to be sure about the car’s distribution and volume of production in order to start the development.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Side View

2016 Mazda MX-5

Can They Really Make Mazda RX-8 Successor?

It’s not a secret that the automaker can’t compete with the industry’s giants. Unfortunately, Mazda can’t afford to rush into a new car’s development without an elaborate business case, because they don’t have as much resources as big car manufacturers. On the other hand, they have an enthusiasm to create a RX model, so we can’t rule out the possibility that in the near future the new generation of the Mazda RX-8 will be on the roads again.

Mazda MX-5 SKYACTIV Platform

2016 Mazda MX-5 SKYACTIV Platform

SKYACTIV Platform Made for Mazda MX-5

However, the platform of the Mazda MX-5 can be tweaked to underpin the RX-8 coupe successor. Actually, the platform can underpin a wide array of different cars, since it’s highly adaptable. It’s questionable whether this could be enough for the RX-8 successor to be worthwhile. Although the lightweight platform, which is paired with a range of SKYACTIV four-cylinder engines that deliver the power to the rear wheels of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, is a very good option, it would still be too bold to start the development of the Mazda RX-8 successor just because of that. Building a sports car is more complex and we have to trust them when they say that they would like to create a new generation of the Mazda RX-8. Nobody can say with certainty whether this will happen or not, but if it does all the RX-8 fans around the world will probably go crazy about it.

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