Mazda RX VISION Concept Front Three Quarter 06
Mazda engineers aren’t ready to give up on rotary engines, and are still pushing forward with a new engine that could be used in a production version of the RX-Vision concept (pictured) seen in Tokyo. Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai told Automotive News that once the new 16X rotary engine meets development targets, a car like the RX-Vision could go into production on a version of the MX-5 Miata platform. The new Mazda engine is codenamed 16X, a label first introduced for a rotary engine in the 2007 Mazda Taiki concept. The company reportedly has a team of 50 engineers worked on the technology, but for now, Mazda isn’t ready to release the engine until it reaches internal development goals.
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Mazda Taiki concept
“We have a dream that one day, this design with a rotary engine will achieve a level that customers will accept,” Kogai told Automotive News. If the engine improves and a rotary-powered coupe like the RX-Vision is green-lit, Kogai said it could be put into production on a modified version of the rear-wheel-drive chassis used for the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The platform is “close to perfection” for a sports car, Kogai said, but would need to be stiffer in order to handle the higher power output of a rotary engine, versus the 155-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four in the Miata.