Mazda has gotten everyone excited with the unveiling of the RX-Vision sports car concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Looking at the design, it’s easy to see why the crowd was all over the Kodo design-based concept but what really sends the fans into frenzy is the fact that it will be powered by a next-generation rotary engine called Skyactiv-R.
According to Mazda, while mass production is currently on hold, it has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine. And as you can see, the RX-Vision is two-door, two-seater sports car with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout that could succeed the RX-8.
It also goes on to say that the RX-Vision “represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality.” Now make of that what you will. No other details were released but we’ll keep you posted.
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.”