Mazda RX-9 Could Get Aston Martin-Esque Doors

The Mazda RX-9, if it ever happens, could arrive on the market with doors very similar to those used throughout the Aston Martin range.

In patents filed to the US Patent & Trademark Office, Mazda has designed swan wing doors which open out and pivot up by 15 degrees. By comparison, Aston Martin’s doors tilt up by 12 degrees.

Although the doors aren’t revolutionary, they would add a point of difference to a new RX-badged Mazda if the vehicle is ever given the thumbs up for production.

Rumors of a Mazda RX-9 have been swirling for over three years but the automaker has yet to confirm or totally deny the prospect of a new rotary-powered sports car. Instead, Mazda has kept up the hope of its fans by saying work is being done on a new rotary engine and that it could be on the cusp of returning.

Will all of these rumors prove true or false? It’s difficult to say at this stage but there is certainly hope within Mazda that the RX-9 could see the light of day.

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  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    I know companies make scissor door kits, but are there any that make swan door kits? I wanted one for my car so I don’t have to worry about hitting the curb when opening.

    • Kash

      I think they closest you’re gonna find, at least from quick and easy searching, are butterfly doors like McLaren uses. Or you could look at making your own conversion kit if you study Aston Martin diagrams. From what I can see, it could turn into a decent little project maybe even post it to Imgur. Imgur loves that kind of stuff. lol.

      • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

        I was actually thinking more of a scissor door kit but with very limited upward motion. Theoretically the hinges would be similar.

    • Mill0048

      I couldn’t imagine why people want swan doors, but I see the rationale now. Thanks!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hasn’t Mazda been denying an RX-7 successor a few times despite all the rumors?

  • ErnieB

    If there is a janapese company that won’t fudge their popular sports predecessor it will be Mazda..

  • I HOPE THEY DON’T PUT THOSE SILLY BACK DOORS ON IT. WHO THE HELL WANT’S TO GET INTO THE BACK SEAT OF SOMETHING SO SMALL?

    • Kenneth

      The appearance of a vestigial back seat in a 2-seat sports car notwithstanding, small, rear-hinged side doors offer easy access for tossing cargo inside, not passengers.

      • SORRY BUT NO ONE EXPECTS A RX7/8 TO BE PRACTICAL. THAT’S WHAT SEDANS ARE FOR.

        • TotallyDisqusted

          Um I owned one and it was awesome to transport 4 people. 73k other people also bought them, so they did something right.

    • TotallyDisqusted

      Have you ever sat in the back seat of a Rx-8? It’s surprisingly roomy and there’s much more room than other “hot hatches” of it’s time period.

      • CAN’T SAY I HAVE AND AT 6′ CAN’T SAY I’D WANT TO. LIKE I SAID YOU DON’T BUY THIS TYPE OF CAR TO HAUL AROUND PEOPLE. IT’S AN INDULGENCE.

    • Infinite1

      Agreed

  • Harry_Wild

    I kind of gave up on Mazda as a brand to buy with it underpowered powertrains.

    • Infinite1

      +1

  • Chris C

    How would a Wankel-engined sports car perform if it was built as an electric hybrid?

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