Mazda Claims it Will Build the RX-Vision Concept if You Will Buy It

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The Mazda RX-Vision concept swept the automotive world by storm last year and was even named the Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year.

But the question that everyone has been asking that has been the subject of rumors and speculation is whether Mazda will make the RX-Vision a reality. Well, it wants to, but it also wants to make sure people will buy it, considering how poorly the RX-8 fared in the marketplace. Speaking to Top Gear, Mazda’s design director Kevin Rice hinted that the RX-Vision concept would head to production if people are willing to buy it: “In the back rooms at Mazda, we’re still developing it, and when the world’s ready to buy another rotary, we’ll be ready to provide it.”

Rice confirmed that the RX-Vision’s hood was designed specifically “to package a certain type of engine,” which naturally means rotary — it is an RX model, after all. “Nobody else would have developed the rotary engine,” he added. “We thought we could get something good out of it, which we did, but we never stopped developing it. We didn’t just leave it with the RX-8.”

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Mazda simply wants to ensure people will buy a vehicle with a rotary engine, rather than the RX-Vision concept itself. Even at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este, the RX-Vision gathered quite the crowd despite the sea of exotic Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin sports cars everywhere. In fact, Rice concedes that Mazda felt as if it was a guest at the event and that it didn’t really belong, but was overwhelmed by the feedback and amount of people that were impressed with the RX-Vision concept’s design. The question is whether consumers will buy a production RX-Vision with a rotary engine, and if you will, you better speak up!

[Source: Top Gear]

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  • michael frey

    How do we tell mazda?

  • Cody Beisel

    I’d be more excited for a new mx3 and mx6 cars. Imagine a fwd hatch based off the mx5 chassis and light weight but in a everyday hot hatch(mx3) and take either the Mazda 3 or 6 and make a coup version of them. If they made a Mazda 3 coupe and used the H.O engine they talked about 2.0l with high red line 200hp (ish?) It could truly be a modern day prelude and a much more practical car then this rotary! I’d buy either car!!!

  • T Lai

    Yes I will buy it. I miss last 2 gens of RX-7 dearly and now I can afford a second car. I don’t care what engine in it and how reliable it is. If it dies I can convert to electric I hope. If it is that good looking why not. (It will have to be shorter in the front)

  • 4ArthurDent

    Do we have to put a G down like ordering a Tesla?

  • Jake

    I’ll buy one! Where do I send the money?