Mazda’s Tokyo concept has rotary power and could preview new RX-9 coupe

Mazda will be going in all-guns blazing at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, showcasing a sleek new sports coupe concept on the 28th of October. Details of the new model are scarce so far, but the firm has dropped some big hints about it while confirming that it will have a rotary engine.

All we have to go on so far is this subtle teaser image. It shows a rearward-cab designed two door with a long bonnet and sloping roofline, with a similar profile to the Jaguar F-Type. Mazda claims it “strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible”.  

At a pre-Tokyo Motor Show event Mazda has officially confirmed that a new rotary engine will be powering the new sports car. Powertrain engineer Florian Callies told us in 2014 that there’s “still enthusiam for rotary tech at Mazda”. Alongside the new concept at the Tokyo show, we will also see a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the company’s first rotary powered mass-production car.

Mazda RX-8

The last time we saw a rotary engine in a Mazda was the RX-8 four-door coupe, dropped from the line-up in 2012. It’s not clear whether this new concept will directly replace the RX-8, but telling signs are that this will be the Japanese firm’s new ‘halo’ sports car in the next couple of years with the Mazda RX-9 nameplate likely to be used.

We’ll find out more details, and see the concept in all its glory, at the 2015 Tokyo show.

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