Mazda will be bringing a new sports car concept to the Tokyo Motor Show this week, and the Japanese automaker has confirmed that it will have a rotary engine.
Seemingly answering enthusiasts’ prayers, Mazda has told Autocar that the new rotary engine in what will likely be the RX-9 concept will be called the SkyActiv-R.
“People think rotary cannot meet modern Eco demands,” Kiyoshi Fujiwara, the company’s head of research and development, said to the publication. “The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting edge tech. It is an essential part of our DNA and it just be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Some time in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R”
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The concept is a low-slung, two-door, two seater that was previewed in the leaked image/render seen above. There is no official launch date for the next Mazda sports car, but 2018 will be the 40th anniversary of the original RX-7, which would be a prime time to debut an RX-9.
Stay tuned, as AutoGuide.com will be covering the Tokyo Motor Show live, and will bring you more information on this Mazda concept when it becomes available.