Mazda’s new rotary-engined sports car concept


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Mazda this week confirmed that its sports car concept headed to this week’s Tokyo motor show will feature a new generation of rotary engine, and will have a two-door, two-seat design.

The new engine, dubbed SkyActiv-R, was confirmed by the company’s head of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara.

Speaking to Autocar this week, Fujiwara said: “People think rotary can not meet modern Eco demands. The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting edge tech. It is an essential part of our DNA and it just be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Some time in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R”

Mazda president and CEO Masamichi Kogai said: “It is a two-door, two-seater. It is a pure sports car design. We have MX-5 and another icon is a rotary sports car. We haven’t talked about market reach but this would be in that segment.” Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda added that the concept “represents our dream, but we don’t want it to be a dream too long.”

Further hints as to the concept’s rotary power source came earlier this month when Mazda released details of other cars that will be shown on its stand, including the 967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, the company’s first rotary powered mass-production model.

Read the full news story on AutoCar.


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