By on October 28, 2015


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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18 Comments on “Tokyo Motor Show 2015: Mazda’s RX Concept is Less And More...”

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    “few automakers have room in their portfolios for one slow-selling sportscar — let alone two”

    Few, but not none… right? :)

    I feel like this is important for Mazda. To keep their branding special. I dunno, though. This is not even close to my area of expertise.

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    Very interesting but needs a little more greenhouse. Mazda needs to be stronger than the trend of stupidity.

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    From Ars Technica:

    “First up is Mazda’s RX-Vision, which announces to the world that the company has not given up on the rotary engine. The RX-Vision is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car that has RX-7 fans salivating at the prospect of a replacement for the iconic car. Although Mazda says it has no plan to put the car into production, we wouldn’t be surprised if a groundswell of popular opinion eventually changed its mind.”

    Nothing to see here folks.

  • avatar

    Wow.. was reminiscing with an office pal about how cool slot cars were back in the ’60s when this article popped. Nice to see they’re back.

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    Looks like a new RX-7 to me. The rhumors have been around for a while…and now this? Just build it…and they will come! Just dont put rear clamshell doors on it, like the RX-8, and we’ll all be happy.

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    High beltline, low roof, all the tumblehome in the world. Is it even a viable two-seater? Much as I like Mazdas, even my tatty old ’99 MIata, this thing looks about as realistic to me as the fighters in the original Battlestar Galactica.

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    Mazda hit a jackpot with this grill. they can slap it on large SUV or tiny Miata and it just can’t stop looking good

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    I wanted to like it, but I just don’t.

    The hood is way too long–especially for an engine as compact as a rotary. The visibility has to be worse than a Camaro. Of course the wheels are too exaggerated.

    But the light through the hood is fascinating. The grille is fantastic.

    This is a real out-there concept unlike many of their recent ones that are almost identical to their corresponding production models. The last one that was a true concept was the Shinari. That one was closer to a production model than the RX-Vision would be, but it was still more the definition of the design language. I could see this concept defining new step in their language, such as the headlights & tail lights and the smoother, less creased panels.

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    The platform is there in the MX-5, so seems likely they can and will use it even for a relatively low volume model.

    I like what they did with the lights compared the new MX-5.

    I just can’t see them bringing another rotary to market though. If they could do something to keep the CoG low it would be awesome (H-4, V6?), but realistically, I think an inline 4, or turbo inline 4 is what they would need to use.

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    SCE to AUX

    The only thing dumber than installing a rotary would be combining a rotary with hydrogen fuel.

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    Good grief, Ford has all sorts of engines that would fit in the MX-5 platform and some of them would be widowmakers. A nice fastback on the MX-5 platform with no effing LEDs on the outside would be a slam dunk.
    Edit: external LEDs are the vinyl top of this decade.

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    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.

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    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.

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