Mazda has lived up to its enthusiast branded roots and reiterates just that as they introduce the RX-Vision Concept bringing rotary power back to the forefront of all-things automotive.
The Mazda RX-Vision Concept makes a big splash at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show evoking classic elements of a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with its elongated hood and pushed-back passenger compartment. The RX-Vision Concept harkens back the design aesthetics from the famous RX-7 yet places the new-age Mazda touches in their tasteful place.
Under the long-sculpted hood is Mazda’s Skyactiv-R rotary engine, which we have no details to divulge other than we have not seen the last of this innovative creation.
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.”