Mazda is planning to revive the rotary engine and it will happen in style.
Debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda RX-Vision concept previews the Japanese automaker’s plans to not only bring the rotary engine back into its lineup, but to build a successor worthy of the RX nameplate. The stunning sports coupe on display in Tokyo features a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup that fittingly looks like an evolution of previous RX body styles. Naturally, it’s packed to the brim with the brand’s Kodo design language from bumper to bumper, resulting in a modern rendition of the iconic RX-7 and RX-8.
The company is calling its next-generation rotary engine the SkyActiv-R, but details are scarce at the moment. The Japanese automaker was firm in saying that it is moving forward with development of a new rotary engine, but as of now, its displacement and the number of rotors Mazda plans on using is unknown.
Mazda did give some good news, however, saying that the “RX-Vision represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car with exquisite, Kodo design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next-generation Skyactiv-R rotary engine.” We can only hope it’ll be sooner than later.