“If you’re Mazda and you want to startle the Tokyo Motor Show, there’s no better way than to unveil a concept car powered by a rotary engine. …
“Instead of pistons that go up and down, the rotary engine produces combustion as it spins. The idea is that it’s an engine that can be more powerful and smooth. It was a critical part of Mazda’s early history, including its launch in the U.S. The rotary, however, has been hard to make fuel efficient and has been off the market for years in the U.S.”
— USA Today
“After years of bad magazine rumors, false starts, hand-wringing and broken dreams, Mazda is finally — finally — back with a concept they say has an all-new rotary engine. Meet the Mazda RX-Vision Concept.
“What do we know about this Tokyo Motor Show concept, besides the fact that it’s an extremely good-looking coupe? Not much, unfortunately. Mazda is mum on any specs, as well as what might lie under that hood, although they are calling it the SkyActiv-R rotary. No word on displacement, turbocharging, technical details, anything like that.
“And that’s a bit of a bummer, but I have to say the design is not. It’s a long, sexy, sleek sports car, one with very similar proportions (and taillights) to the last RX-7. Inside it’s very much a concept, but a clean one. …
“If this is a sign of what’s to come, sign me up, Mazda.”