Tokyo Motor Show 2015: Mazda's RX Concept is Less And More

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Well, what we mean is less information is more frustrating. Or less exterior styling is more attractive. Or the less we know, the more we want to know. You get the gist.

Unveiled in Tokyo alongside its legendary 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport, the RX-Vision “represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality,” according to the automaker.

Mazda was pretty mum on the details, including how it plans to update its next-generation rotary engine, dubbed Skyactiv-R, to comply with modern fuel economy standards. Will it be a range extender for hydrogen power? Will it be boosted? Will it blend? These are all important questions, people.

According to Mazda “mass production is currently on hold” for its rotary engine, which borders on Tinder levels of baiting. What about limited production? Will the next-generation engine follow the previous generation?

Powertrain questions aside, the two-door, two-seater sportscar (with Jag and other British car making touches) presents an interesting question for Mazda’s future: Where is this all going? As sales of crossovers reach higher and higher, few automakers have room in their portfolios for one slow-selling sportscar — let alone two.

“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” Mazda’s President and CEO Masamichi Kogai said in Tokyo. “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.”

Make that two?

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  • Kato Kato on Oct 28, 2015

    I'm with redav, if the intended engine for this thing is a rotary, why does the hood need to be 8 feet long? Belt-line is too high, greenhouse is too small, and the whole thing is too cartoonish. The front end is nice though. Just build a new RX-7 and put a 300hp 2-rotor turbo rotary in it already. Weight target should be under 2800 lb, price should be no more than a 370Z, redline should be 10k.

  • Varezhka Varezhka on Oct 29, 2015

    It looks like a very nice concept with many homage to past RX-7s (particularly FD/'91~'02). Remove some of the concept car flourishes (like the nonexistent greenhouse), of course, and I will really look forward to 2017. Keep it naturally aspirated and under $40K, and I will buy two.

  • JK I grew up with Dodge trucks in the US, and now live in Turin, Italy, the home of Fiat. I don't think Italians view this as an Italian company either. There are constant news articles and protests about how stalantis is moving operations out of Italy. Jeep is strangely popular here though. I think last time I looked at stelantis's numbers, Jeep was the only thing saving them from big big problems.
  • Bd2 Oh yeah, funny how Trumpers (much less the Orange Con, himself) are perfectly willing to throw away the Constitution...
  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.