Following its reputation for producing the most incredible rotary-powered sports cars in the world, Mazda is set to unveil the next generation RX-8 as well as the new Furai concept to the world at next years North American International Auto Show starting January 13.
This will be the first revision for the RX-8 since its introduction in 2003 where it captivated the world with its stunning and unique styling. With a legacy comprised of the rotary-powered RX-7 – which still remains modern even after almost a decade, the new RX-8 promises to be nothing short of spectacular.
It may just be wishful thinking, but we at CarAdvice hope elements of the stillborn RX-8 Motorsport Concept make it into the new design also – namely the turbocharger.
Alongside the RX-8, Mazda will also debut the Furai Concept, the fifth installment in the award-winning Nagare ‘Flow’ series. The Furai promises to be the embodiment of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom DNA, born and bred for the race track.
Utilising the Courage C65 chassis which first appeared in the ALMS series two seasons ago, the Furai will be powered by a 335kW three-rotor rotary engine.
“Furai purposely blurs boundaries that have traditionally distinguished street cars from track cars. Historically, there has been a gap between single-purpose racecars and street-legal models — commonly called supercars — that emulate the real racers on the road. Furai bridges that gap like no car has ever done before.”
These words are far more than just marketing rhetoric, inspired by the fact that, on any given weekend, there are more Mazdas and Mazda-powered cars road-raced in the United States than any other brand.