Mazda RX-Vision Concept Previews Rotary Revival

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mazda is planning to revive the rotary engine and it will happen in style.

Debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda RX-Vision concept previews the Japanese automaker’s plans to not only bring the rotary engine back into its lineup, but to build a successor worthy of the RX nameplate. The stunning sports coupe on display in Tokyo features a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup that fittingly looks like an evolution of previous RX body styles. Naturally, it’s packed to the brim with the brand’s Kodo design language from bumper to bumper, resulting in a modern rendition of the iconic RX-7 and RX-8.

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The company is calling its next-generation rotary engine the SkyActiv-R, but details are scarce at the moment. The Japanese automaker was firm in saying that it is moving forward with development of a new rotary engine, but as of now, its displacement and the number of rotors Mazda plans on using is unknown.

Mazda did give some good news, however, saying that the “RX-Vision represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car with exquisite, Kodo design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next-generation Skyactiv-R rotary engine.” We can only hope it’ll be sooner than later.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Phil Phil on Oct 29, 2015

    absolutely stunning nice body shapes and admirable simplicity!! ..wins over the current busy cartoonish trend that WAY to many automakers are going for these days modern body shapes and simple well executed lines will prove timeless .. like that of the 3rd gen rx-7 ...

  • Don Don on Oct 30, 2015

    undeniably pretty, but I hate long-fronted cars. Central or ahead-of-center seating for me.