Rumors of an upcoming rotary-powered Mazda have been getting fanboys all excited, but the chances of one becoming a reality in the near future are slim. Mazda recently said that it will build a new RX if people will buy it, but the company is trying to avoid another RX-8, which performed terribly in the sales department.
The concept pictured here debuted in Japan last year and was named the Most Beautiful Concept of the Year. The rear-drive, rotary-powered sports car concept recently made a stop at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este in Italy, where it got a lot of attention despite being surrounded by Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other rare exotics.
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In Mazda’s emailed response, it said that the company continues to develop a rotary engine, but that it has no plans to produce one yet. Mazda’s struggle is likely trying to engineer a new rotary engine to be more fuel efficient without sacrificing performance.
Here was Mazda’s official response to the Reddit user who tried to make a deposit on the RX Vision:
Thank you for contacting Mazda Customer Experience Center.
We appreciate your interest in a future Mazda RX model and while we can confirm that Mazda continues to develop rotary engines, we cannot confirm production of a rotary at this point. Rotaries are one of the signature engineering technologies that define Mazda, and we will continue exploring them to see where they may fit for production applications. While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine.
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. Although future models and specifications are not available at this time, you will find the most up-to-date information on our current vehicle lines and accessories on our website,www.mazdausa.com. Additionally, our press releases are available on our media website, www.mazdausamedia.com.
Should you have additional questions or feedback, please contact me at the number below and reference your Service request number.
It’s not the response we wanted to hear, but we’re happy that Mazda takes the time to respond to its loyal fans, and we’re sure Mazda gets wild emails like this all the time.