‘Top Gear’ sat down with Mazda design director Kevin Rice and talked RX
Mazda design director Kevin Rice sat down with “Top Gear’s” Vijay Pattni at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to talk Mazda’s RX Vision concept, which debuted at the last Tokyo motor show. In true RX fashion, the Mazda concept was designed with rotary power in mind, but the company lacks a current production rotary engine to drop under the hood.
Rice told “Top Gear,” “The height of the bonnet was done specifically to package a certain type of engine. Nobody else would have developed the rotary engine. We thought we could get something good out of it, which we did, but we never stopped developing it. We didn’t just leave it with the RX-8.”
Rice later tells “Top Gear” that the concept car is nothing more than a design study, which slightly dashes hopes of an RX-9 in the near future. However, the overwhelmingly positive reception the concept received at the Italian concours might steer the RX ship into production.
According to Rice, Mazda has continued rotary development throughout the years, despite its absence in the Japanese automaker’s assembly line. Is it possible the internet could rescue of one of history’s coolest engines, in the same way it resurrects vintage sodas and TV shows? As rotary fans, we hope so.