Mazda to unveil high-end performance car concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda to unveil high-end performance car concept at Tokyo Motor Show

The first of many teasers for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show has just been released, and it’s a doozie. Mazda’s yet unnamed sports car concept looks like it could mark the return of the RX-Series sports cars.

Almost no information was given with the press release, but clues about Mazda’s planned exhibit reveal a sporting flagship steeped in the company’s performance DNA. Firstly, the dimly lit car in the image appears to have a double-bubble roof and rear profile very similar to that of the last-generation RX-7, sold in the US from 1993-95. Its proportions imply it will be larger than the recently launched Mazda MX-5, too.

According to Mazda, “The design of the sports car concept to be unveiled in Tokyo is modern but maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost to condense Mazda’s entire history of sports car development into a single model.”

Furthermore, the firm has announced that as part of a “heritage display showing Mazda’s history of convention-defying engineering,” it will bring out a classic 1967 Cosmo Sport. Launched nearly half a century ago, it was Mazda’s flagship sports car and notable for being the world’s first dual-rotor production car. It’s a hugely important part of Mazda’s history, and if Mazda is drawing a connection between the two, the sports car concept will likely be positioned as a high-end performance car.

Rumors have circulated that Mazda is still working on the rotary and will launch a successor for the engine’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The Tokyo Motor Show opens October 28.

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