Mazda unveils rotary engine-equipped RX-Vision concept

Mazda unveils rotary engine-equipped RX-Vision concept

At the Tokyo Motor Show on Tuesday, Japanese automaker Mazda unveiled its new sports-car concept equipped with a rotary engine. The new concept is officially called the RX-Vision concept.

The unveiling of the RX-Vision concept by Mazda marks the return of the triangular-designed rotary engines which are also called Wankel engines. Even though the rotary engines are considered impractical because they apparently consume excessive oil and have other issues, Mazda ran with the rotary engine technology in the 1960s, when it first packed its 1967-launched 110S model with a rotary engine.

The last rotary-powered production car offered by Mazda was the RX-8, which hit the markets in 2012. Though the company pulled the plug on rotary technology after the RX-8 model, it continued its research and development efforts related to the technology.

Mazda’s recently-unveiled RX-Vision sports-car concept is a two-door, two-seat, front-engine, rear-drive vehicle, which measures 172.8 inches in length, 75.8 inches in width, and 45.7 inches in height.

According to the details shared by Mazda, the RX-Vision concept boasts a sultry hoodline, thanks largely to the compact dimensions of the Skyactiv-R engine. Asserting that the RX-Vision has basically been created "to shave away all but the essentials," Mazda said in a press release: “Mazda hopes to one day make [the RX-Vision] into reality.”

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