Mazda's RX-Vision rotary-engined concept car makes the internet go 'phwoar'

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…