At the recent Tokyo motor show, Mazda has made its intentions clear by revealing the Mazda RX-Vision concept car which will be powered by a rotary engine. Five decades ago, Mazda launched their very first rotary engine sports car. With the unveiling of the Mazda RX-Vision concept car, this car could very well mark the 50th anniversary for Mazda in 2017. The Mazda RX-Vision is designed as a 2-seat coupé with 2 doors. The Mazda RX-Vision is Mazda’s way of saying that this sports car will be the ultimate rear-wheel-drive car with a front engine.
Mazda’s Chief Executive Office and President, Masamichi Kogai, explained that the comeback of a rotary engine sports car is inevitable. With this vision in mind, Mazda projects this very vision onto the Mazda RX-Vision. Masamichi Kogai admitted that there will be obstacles along the way, but Mazda is working consistently to deliver the Mazda RX-Vision. In other words, the Mazda RX-Vision expresses Mazda’s intention of making rotary.
Deep in the core of the Mazda RX-Vision is a next generation rotary engine which tackles three key problems faced by older rotary engines. The three problems faced by older rotary engines were reliability, emissions, and fuel economy. Apart from this piece of information, further details on the engine were not revealed. The dimensions of the Mazda RX-Vision would be wider and longer than the Jaguar’s F-Type coupé. However, the car will be lower by a significant margin as allowed by the compact characteristic of the rotary engine.
The Mazda RX-Vision's direct rival would be the Porsche Cayman, claimed Mazda’s Research and Develop Chief, Kiyoshi Fujiwara. In order to rival the Porsche Cayman, Kiyoshi Fujiwara explained that Mazda will slash the Mazda RX-Vision’s overall weight. Kiyoshi Fujiwara remains silent on the specifics of the engine performance or capacity. From the way Kiyoshi Fujiwara referenced the Porsche Cayman as a direct rival, one can assume that the power output would fall in the number of at least 300bhp (brake horsepower).