Mazda has unveiled the gorgeous-looking RX-Vision Concept amidst thunderous applause at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. The car was definitely one of the stars on the first day of the show.
The enthusiastic reception by the crowd was not because the car looks fantastic, but for what’s hidden beneath the long bonnet. Before we get to that, let us go over the exterior. Even when standing still, the concept looks like it’s going to blow you away with its sheer speed. The simplistic and smooth body is the result of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy. The sports car boasts dimensions of 172.8 inches, 75.8 inches and 45.7 inches in length, breadth and height respectively. That long body also affords the two-seater a wheelbase of 106.3 inches.
Notable elements of the design are the long bonnet, short overhangs, setback greenhouse, bulging haunches, striking headlight LED DRLs, teardrop-shaped roofline and the unique rear spoiler. Actually, the entire RX-Vision Concept is a notable piece of design.
Beneath that sensuous exterior lies the reason why this car attracted the attention that it did. Mazda has developed the next-generation of its rotary engine and is calling it the Skyactiv-R, and this is what rests under the curved sheet metal. This two-door coupe is a front-engine, rear wheel drive car and the interior pictures that we have seem to suggest it has a stick shift. Further details have not been disclosed, but now we know that the engine with the triangular rotor can make a comeback sometime in the future.
The rotary engine is an integral part of Mazda, which is the only company to ever mass produce it. There are no vehicles currently in the market which offering this engine, the last mass-produced rotary-powered car was the Mazda RX-8 that stopped production in 2012. The company stated in the release that despite production being on hold they never stopped the research and development activities associated with the engine. The greatest success that the Japanese manufacturer has achieved with this unit is overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 with the legendary Mazda 787B racer.