Rejoice, the rotary engine is back! Mazda’s unveiled its RX-Vision concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
It previews a new model from Mazda, set to take on the Porsche Cayman as a successor to the Mazda RX-8.
In typical RX fashion, it sports a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout – but just the two seats.
Details are vague, but expect it to follow Mazda’s lightweight philosophy. Power will come from a new SkyActiv-R engine – likely to be turbocharged, so expect commendable efficiency combined with impressive performance if it makes it into production.
Reliability will also be important – something Mazda struggled with on the RX-8. Mazda president and CEO, Masamichi Kogai, said: “We have had quality issues with our rotary engines in the past, and want to make certain we don’t cause customers any more problems.”
The manufacturer has confirmed dimensions – at 4,389mm by 1,925mm by 1,160mm it’s slightly shorter, wider and lower than the RX-8.
Although previously rumoured to preview an ‘RX-9’ model, many are now saying it could see a return of the RX-7 name.
Whatever it’s called, we’re not alone in hoping Mazda puts the RX-Vision into production with few changes…
So, my alarm went off at 2:45 this morning for the Tokyo motor show, but it’s worth it to see Mazda’s stunning RX-Vision concept. Phwoar!
— Darren Moss (@darren_moss) October 28, 2015
Dear Aston Martin, please allow Mazda to show you how to properly style a car with narrow headlights… #TokyoMotorShow
— Ed Callow (@torquespeak) October 28, 2015
@johnmcilroy As a former RX-8 owner I think this is a thing of beauty. AMG GT looks for Mazda money. Tempted back to rotary? Maybe…
— Paul Evans (@mx5mad) October 28, 2015