The clouds have parted and a triangular beam of sunlight has broke through to answer the prayers of those who pray at the altar of Wankel! Mazda has just revealed their latest concept (which was teased earlier this month) and they have confirmed that it is in fact a rotary-powered concept!
Dubbed the “RX-VISION” the concept is powered by what Mazda is calling the SKYACTIV-R rotary engine. Although with this being a concept car not much was really discussed. The RX-VISION is the newest KODO design language based concept from Mazda and it lends itself well to a sports coupe. This thing is absolutely beautiful! It carries hints of the classic Mazda Cosmo (the first Mazda sold in the US with a rotary engine) but also borrows some styling elements from the third gen RX-7 and RX-8.
Of course Mazda isn’t saying anything about the RX-VISION going into production and is sure to mention that rotary engine production is “on hold” but come on buddy… come onnn buddyyy… We all knew, as soon as Mazda announced the new concept was going to be displayed along a Cosmo, that they are going to make a rotary.
It looks like its only a matter of time now! Again, details are scarce but I’ve included the press release below anyway. See if you could glean any hidden details within. You can also check out the gallery of official pictures. Let us know what you think about the RX-VISION in the comments below!
Mazda Reveals Mazda RX-VISION Concept
Powered by next-generation rotary engine SKYACTIV-R, represents Mazda’s vision of the future
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the rotary-powered Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show*1 today. The rotary engine is a symbol of the company’s “never-stop-challenging” spirit.
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.
Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercializing the rotary engine, fitting it in the Cosmo Sport (known as Mazda 110S overseas) in 1967. As the only automaker to mass-produce the rotary engine, Mazda continued efforts to improve power output, fuel economy and durability, and in 1991 took overall victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Over the years, the rotary engine has come to symbolize Mazda’s creativity and tireless endeavor in the face of difficult challenges.
While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing the company’s determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as it did when developing SKAYCTIV TECHNOLOGY.
“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”
*1 Open to the public from October 30 through November 8, 2015