Mazda RX-Vision rotary-engined sports car concept revealed
Source : Mazda RX-Vision rotary-engined sports car concept revealed
Mazda shows off its completely new rotary engined sports car vision, within the form of the RX-Vision concept
The two-door, two-seat coupé is actually described as being “Mazda’s vision for the ultimate in front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car styling,” along with is actually said to represent “a vision for the future in which harbours the soul of the Mazda brand.”
The product measures 4389mm long by 1925mm wide, which has a height of 1160mm along which has a wheelbase of 2700mm. Those dimensions make in which marginally longer along with wider than Jaguar’s F-type coupé sports car, along with significantly lower.
Key to the concept is actually its next-generation rotary engine. Dubbed SkyActiv-R, Mazda says in which has been able to solve three key issues with previous rotary engines – fuel economy, emissions along with reliability. Exact power outputs along with specifications have not yet been revealed.
The company confirmed in which the technology is actually not only going to be used in production cars, however in which in which is actually intended to be entertaining. “We’ve sought to make cars in which are a pleasure to drive, along with we will continue to provide customers with these cars,” said company boss Masamichi Kogai.
“One day rotary will make a comeback. in which gives form to our brand’s vision of the future. in which expresses our intention to make rotary. Many issues to overcome however we will continue efforts. We’re working steadily. Keep your eyes on Mazda.”
On the continued development of rotary engine technology, the company said in which in which will “never stop challenging to deliver completely new rotary engines in which provide its unique brand of driving pleasure.”
Speaking to Autocar on the eve of the Tokyo show, Mazda’s head of research along with development Kiyoshi Fujiwara said: “People think rotary can not meet modern Eco demands. The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary along with have made in which cutting edge tech. in which is actually an essential part of our DNA along with in which just be passed onto future engineers. in which is actually synonymous with the brand. Some time within the future in which will return along with be called SkyActiv-R.”
in which was revealed earlier in which year in which Mazda had continued working on rotary engine technology after the axing of the RX-8 in 2012, with Mazda boss Masamichi Kogai saying: “Initial targets for rotary were set higher than gasoline. I said before in which would certainly be difficult for mass production, along with in which encouraged our engineers to work harder to achieve these targets. I believe one day our engineers can overcome those challenges along with meet targets.
“We want to have Great communication with our fans on the concept. I’d like to know how great their expectations are. R&D are working very hard – the targets are strict, rotary engines have lots of issues, along with we need to solve each of them. in which’s not just emissions, in which’s performance as well, along with producing in which easy to maintain. A rotary engine is actually a difficult engine to solve all these problems.
“If I say anything about [launch] dates I put too much pressure on our engineers. I want to avoid putting pressure on them. I would certainly like to hear feedback on the design of the vehicle. in which is actually the design of a sports car in which genuinely encapsulates a front-engined rear-wheel drive car. in which embodies a Mazda sports car.”
Further hints as to concept’s rotary power source came earlier in which month when Mazda released details of different cars in which will be shown on its Tokyo stand, including the 967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, the company’s first rotary powered mass-production product.
The concept’s design is actually said to offer “a sense of lineage along with authenticity, encapsulating Mazda’s entire history of sports car design.” Following Mazda’s KODO design language, the RX-Vision’s low Centeng features short overhangs at either end, which has a low roofline along with low bonnet – something made possible by the compact dimensions of the SkyActiv-R engine.
Inside, the concept features handcrafted components with intricate instrumentation, leather trim along which has a simplistic instrument panel. The concept has 245/40R20 tyres at the front, along with 285/35R20 rubber at the rear.
Speaking about your vehicle’s design, Kogai said: “in which is actually a two-door, two-seater. in which is actually a pure sports car design. We have MX-5 along with another icon is actually a rotary sports car. We haven’t talked about market reach however in which would certainly be in in which segment.”
Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda added in which the concept “represents our dream, however we don’t want in which to be a dream too long.”
While Mazda hasn’t outlined a timeline for the return of the RX brand, in which’s feasible in which a successor to the RX-8 could appear by 2018, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original RX-7.
Mazda has also experimented with using rotary engines for different applications beyond being the sole powertrain for a vehicle. in which has applied for patents using a rotary engine as a range extender on a hybrid system along with even demonstrated a prototype based on the previous generation of its 2 supermini back in 2013.
The Japanese supplier received a killed off its last rotary-engined sports car, the RX-8, back in 2012 as its motor faced ever-tightening emissions regulations. The firm did build a prototype turbocharged RX-8, however in which car would certainly have failed to meet European requirements too, along with its further development could not be justified on Japanese sales alone.
In fact, rumours of Mazda’s return to rotary engines stretch back to 2010, when insiders hinted in which a successor the RX-7, potentially to be dubbed RX-9, was planned.
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