Mazda have unveiled a brand new concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, which harkens the return of their renowned rotary-powered sports car.

This new concept is dubbed the “RX-Vision”, a rear wheel drive rotary powered sports coupe which from initial glances, looks absolutely stunning. It seems to be going back to Mazda’s roots, having gone back to their original formula of a two-seater, front engine RWD layout making it much more akin to the legendary RX7; the best-selling rotary engined car of all time.

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Since the departure of the four seater RX8 in 2012, Mazda haven’t been mass producing any rotary engined vehicles; but it looks as if that’s all about to change. Even if this concept car doesn’t make it to the showroom floor, its engine – the “next generation SKYACTIV-R” – is poised to enter production in some form or other in the future. This new design aims to tackle some of the notorious stumbling blocks of wankel (rotary) engines, which are known for reasonably poor fuel economy and can have reliability issues.

Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda’s head of research & development, says that this new engine will have comparable fuel economy and emissions to “equivelant standard petrol engines”, something which so far has been difficult for the rotary design. In a world of ever-strictening fuel emission regulations, this is great news for lovers of the rotary engine.

Mazda RX-Vision Concept

Mazda RX-Vision Concept

But what about the new car itself? Fujiwara said that “If we are able to mass produce this car, then maybe a Porsche Cayman is the right comparison, but like the MX-5 we want to make it lighter.”

A Mazda rotary-powered Porsche Cayman equivalent with less weight and those stunning minimalist curves? Yes please!

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