MAZDA sports car fans were cheering with joy this morning when the Japanese car brand showed off the concept for its next rotary engined vehicle.
Named the RX-Vision, the car is going to be the basis for a new rotary powered sports car, the RX-9, and while no firm date was announced, rumours are suggesting a 2017 reveal of the final product.
Speaking at the company’s Tokyo Motor Show press conference this morning, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai told media that the new concept was “the embodiment of Mazda’s vision for the future.”
Of course, the main attraction of the car is its rotary engine, which has been missing from Mazda’s line-up since the RX-8 was discontinued in 2012.
“Under the hood is our next-generation rotary engine, the SKYACTIV-R,” Mr Kogai said.
“This name expresses our intention to make breakthroughs in the rotary engine’s dynamic and environmental performance with the same high aspirations that made SKYACTIV technology possible.”
While popular with sports car fans due to their noise and power capabilities, the way rotary engines are designed means they chew through petrol and give off giant amount of Co2 emissions, something the world is moving away from.
But Mazda has tasked its SkyActiv team to improving this to make the car possible. The company used the same team to create standard petrol engines in its range that don’t rely on turbochargers, yet still give great fuel economy and decent power.
“There are still many issues to overcome, but we will continue our development efforts in the spirit of never stop challenging,” said Kogai.
Pure Mazda fans have always acknowledged the older RX-7 car, with its turbocharged rotary engine as the last true rotary car, so it will be interesting to see whether the SkyActiv team will take that route or stick to their non-turbocharged specialities.