Mazda has revealed a rotary-engined sports car concept car, pointing to a next-generation RX-7 model
The 2015 Tokyo motor show is well under way, and perhaps the most exciting announcement of all is Mazda’s RX-Vision concept car – proof that Mazda is still committed to the development of Wankel rotary-engined sports cars.
While the RX-Vision is purely a concept car, it demonstrates a strong desire at Mazda to produce a new rotary-powered sports car in the next few years. When talking to evo Magazine about the RX-Vision concept, Mazda president and CEO Masamichi Kogai all but confirmed that the company’s engineers were working on making the engine clean and efficient enough for production.
Technical details surrounding the concept are extremely thin on the ground, and although rotary power is confirmed, there’s no mention of whether the car will be turbocharged, or hybrid. Mazda simply call the engine SkyActive-R, and if this follows the ethos of other SkyActiv engines in the Mazda range, it will remain naturally aspirated.
From what the company has said, the new model will be closer to a sporty Toyota GT86 rival than a replacement for the four-door coupe RX-8. The styling continues the company’s ‘Kodo – Soul of motion’ design language, with simple but bold lines.
Mazda has a long and illustrious history with rotary power, more so than any other manufacturer. Despite killing off its Wankel-powered RX-8 in 2012, the company has always shown strong interest in bringing it back. This concept is the latest, and best proof of the Mazda’s desire to persist with the unusual engine design.
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