2015 Tokyo Motor Show: Mazda RX-VISION

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRotary Power
Mazda is still the only automaker in the world to bring to market a mass-produced rotary-engine powered car. Although it’s been a few years since the last one was sold, enthusiasts still pine for a follow up to the RX-8 and RX-7 sports cars. Apparently Mazda never stopped researching rotary applications, and the RX-VISION showcases a possible future for rotary power.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFor the Fans
It’s hard to say whether this concept whets the appetite of rotary fanatics or gives them false hope — either way, Mazda is not yet committing to building this car. But we can enjoy it for what it is — a very sexy-looking next-generation RX sports car.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceTrue Sports Car
With a low and wide stance, short overhangs and sleek roofline, the RX is clearly a sports car, emphasizing the front-engine rear-wheel-drive architecture. Styling is reminiscent of past Mazda sports cars but incorporates designs that could be seen in a future model, were Mazda to build it.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceNext-Generation Rotary
Designers were able to incorporate a low hood because the next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine is so compact and lightweight. Mazda is using the same philosophy around this engine as it did around other SKYACTIV powerplants — using advanced technology to make them lightweight and efficient without sacrificing performance.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLooking Good in Red
A special red paint showcases the RX-VISION, making the car stand out even more.

© Mazda North American OperationsInside
Inside the RX is exactly what we would expect from this sports car concept. Handcrafted materials and leather-trimmed seats complement the simple instrument panel and intricate instruments. Unlike the last RX — the RX-8 — this car seats two occupants.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWill They Build It?
Although we would love to say that Mazda will definitely build this car, we can’t. A low-volume vehicle such as this is difficult to justify. Even with the advanced rotary engine, there are still challenges that Mazda is working to address, including emissions, fuel economy and reliability. Mazda says that they will eventually bring back the rotary engine, but for now we’ll simply have to enjoy the concept. And wait and see.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Mazda North American Operations Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Mazda North American Operations Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Mazda North American Operations Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Mazda North American Operations Mazda RX-VISION Concept

© Mazda North American Operations Mazda RX-VISION Concept

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