Mazda hints at Miata platform for RX-Vision
A Mazda executive has hinted at a theoretical production plan for the rotary-powered RX-Vision.
Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the sports car was presented as a conceptual vision for a successor to the RX-7 and RX-8. It appears to be close to production form, however the company is still working on a new rotary engine that can meet its power, efficiency and reliability targets.
A team of 50 engineers is solely focused on achieving the goals, improving a version of the 16X Renesis engine that appeared in 2007 for the Taiki concept. Reports suggest the modernized powerplant is capable of producing around 300 horsepower.
“These 50 engineers want to develop the rotary engine, therefore they joined Mazda,” said Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai, as quoted by Automotive News.
The executive describes the MX-5 Miata chassis as “close to perfection” for a sports car, with enough potential flexibility to suit a future RX production car. Engineers would first need to make the rotary engine a viable alternative to modern piston-driven alternatives and stiffen the chassis to handle a bit more power.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Mazda is working toward a 2020 launch to coincide with the brand’s 100th birthday, however the company’s official statements have cautioned that production viability for the rotary engine is not yet certain.