And now we are hearing that Toyota and Lexus will employ Mazda’s radical new engine technology as well as Denso’s 48V electrical system into its rear-drive saloons.
Expected to appear in the next generation Mazda6 in 2022, and Toyota and Lexus models after that, the 3.0-liter straight-6 SkyActiv-X unit will feature similar technology to the Mazda3’s new “X” powerplant including a diesel-like common rail system, a mild hybrid system and a supercharger with the 48V electric package. Power is expected to clear 300 horsepower.
This is a story that originated from Japanese magazine Best Car, who suggested the next-generation RC coupe would be built on a Mazda platform and utilize a Mazda engine.
While the rumor may seem unbelievable in many regards, it’s not without precedent. Lexus parent company Toyota co-developed the GT86 with Subaru, while the new Supra was a joint project with BMW. Should this new Lexus Mazda speculation prove true, there’s a common thread throughout — they’re all sport coupes.