Mazda plots RX-8 successor

Mazda has filed a chassis design patent that suggests a successor to the RX-8 sports car is on the way.

A ‘Vehicle Shock Absorption Structure’ patent drawing shows a spaceframe-style structure unlike any current Mazda’s. It also has double-wishbone front suspension, used primarily by sports cars, and a prominent crossmember that implies a front/mid-engine layout. Carbonfibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium also feature. It’s the latest in a long line of patent filings and reports that suggest Mazda is developing a “premium sports car” above the MX-5.

Mazda plots RX-8 successor
Mazda plots RX-8 successor / Modern-day RX-8 would be positioned above the MX-5

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