The Mazda rotary is back, for real this time

Tokyo Mazda concept

R&D head confirms return during Tokyo Motor Show

The rotary is back! Well, not actually back yet, but Mazda did confirm to Autocar at the Tokyo Motor Show that a SkyActiv-R will land in a real, buyable sports car sometime soon. The company’s two-seat, two-door Tokyo concept will feature some early version, though we’re not sure how close it is to production.

“People think rotary can not meet modern eco demands. The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting-edge tech,” Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda’s head of research and development, told Autocar. “It is an essential part of our DNA, and it must be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Sometime in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R.”


Mazda president and CEO Masamichi Kogai told Autocar: “It is a pure sports-car design. We have MX-5, and another icon is a rotary sports car. We haven’t talked about market reach, but this would be in that segment.”

Sounds like a perfect spot for the new car.

The classic Cosmo Sport 110S will make an appearance at the show, as well, lending credibility to the return of the triangles.

Mazda didn’t say anything about launch dates, but the 40th anniversary of the RX-7 is in 2018, and wouldn’t that new car make a nice birthday present? We hope to find out more later — later today, actually.


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