Mazda Looking to Rekindle the Rotary in RX-Vision Concept

Mazda’s RX-Vision Concept is beautiful, sleek and powered by a rotary engine. But will it ever see production?

Mazda’s stunning new rotary-powered sports car concept (pictured above) undoubtedly stole the show when it was rolled out in Tokyo this year. Mazda say that the rotary engine in this vehicle is more efficient than any other they’ve previously designed.

While we’re still lacking technical details, we do know that the engine in the RX-Vision is looking to follow in the footsteps of Mazda’s SkyActiv powerplant and so the focus will be on fuel efficiency and low emissions – things that Mazda’s rotary engine has struggled with in the past.

The RX-Vision concept, however, shows that Mazda is looking to rekindle its love affair with the rotary engine and add a rotary-powered car back to its lineup. Let’s not forget that since 2012, when the RX-8 left the market, Mazda has not boasted a car with a rotary engine.

Whether you’re a fan or not, this is actually quite a big deal as Mazda has been the sole practitioner of the rotary for many years now and it’s something that significantly differentiates the Japanese firm from the competition.

The RX-Vision concept itself is a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car, which wears a long, slender bonnet and gives the impression that the motor underneath is massive. Rotaries, though, are known for their compact design and until Mazda release more info, we can only speculate about displacement and power figures.

Despite Mazda having not produced a rotary-powered car for quite some time, they’ve never forgotten about the technology, with the firm saying in a statement: “while mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine.”

Indeed, according to a recent article by Autoblog, a team of 50 dedicated Mazda engineers has been working with a modest budget over the past 8 years to keep the rotary alive. Furthermore, they believe they’ve cracked the poor fuel economy and high emissions problems.

Let’s hope the RX-Vision makes production and the rotary engine experiences its own renaissance; perhaps even with electrification or a turbocharger…

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