Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mazda returns to rotary with RX-Vision Concept, crowd goes wild.

Details or specifications for the rotary engine, or whether it will be coupled to an electric drive or other assistant technologies are yet to be confirmed, however Fujiwara promised that “some day in not to distant future, the rotary engine will return and it will be called SkyActiv R”. Despite stringent fuel efficiency and emissions regulations that would have been obstacles to the return of the rotary, Mazda seems to have found a way to overcome those hurdles. Mazda has produced several memorable sports cars powered by rotary engines, beginning with the Cosmo Sport in 1967, followed by the Familia coupe Rotary.

Concentrate instead on one fantastic phrase from the concept car press release: “next-generation Skyactiv-R rotary engine.” The crowd here in Tokyo was downright frothing to get a look at the new concept car – hoping to catch a glimpse of the first evolutionary stage for a RX-9 sports car. Unsurprisingly, the car makes use of Mazda’s existing Kodo design language and unlike many other sports car concepts, the RX-Vision doesn’t look too far off from being ready for the production line. Mazda chose to shelve the rotary rather than invest a fortune in a brand-new unit, and despite recent rumors about the manufacturer having a dedicated engineering team focused on rotary engine development, I never thought they would come up with a new project so soon.

Some of its most eye-catching design elements include the interesting slimline headlights with a swooping semi-circle LED daytime running light just above the headlight housing itself. It has applied for patents using a rotary engine as a range extender on a hybrid system and even demonstrated a prototype based on the previous generation of its 2 supermini back in 2013. As for the styling, design chief Ikuo Maeda sees the as the opportunity to create a “beautiful and sexy front engine, rear-drive sports car.” In contrast to the soft curves and friendly image of the Mazda MX-5 roadster, the new rotary-powered sports car will be “all business.” The new car will have a slightly different design direction that the current generation models. The mode will feature delicate Japanese aesthetic, and not the manga or comics-style design favored by certain other Japanese manufacturers. “It will be beautiful and with a sensual feel.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing the company’s determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as it did when developing SKAYCTIV TECHNOLOGY. “I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”

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