Six reasons why Mazda should produce the RX-Vision
We always knew that the Tokyo Motor Show would have a few impressive goodies on display, but we didn’t ever conceive that Mazda would release a sports car concept powered by a rotary engine. The RX-Vision, as its name suggests, pay homage to the legendary rotary Mazda’s of yesteryear.
Mazda are serious about it- The Japanese Company has hinted that it is making a serious effort to see this front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car a reality in the not too distant future.
It’s their signature- Rotary power is as much in the Mazda DNA as Vtec is in Honda, the brand would please many enthusiasts if it had to make rotaries a mass-produced entity again. The brand has never stopped its research into the triangular rotational rotor motors; after all, the company sank so much money getting these engines to be commercially viable in the first place
It has so much history- The first commercial rotary in a Mazda product was the Mazda 110S in 1967. Then in the motorsports arena in 1991 Mazda took overall victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Not to mention the cult following that these motors have attracted, particularly in the RX-7 and RX-8 models.
Just look at it- This is an achingly pretty concept and while we concede that a production version won’t look like this we could hold out hope that it at least resembles this show car.
It could be called the RX-7- Much like Toyota are rumoured to be reviving the Supra name, and how Honda has revied the NSX badge and how Nissan has kept the GTR badge alive, Mazda would do well to slap an RX-7 badge on for the next generation of JDM fans.
It will be competent- If the reviews of the new MX-5 are anything to go by then a bigger sports car with an iconic motor from Mazda would be a proper drivers car, we’ll take a manual please, in red if that’s okay.