New rotary-engined Mazda sports car concept – first picture

Sports car concept to be shown at Tokyo motor show; Mazda hints strongly at rotary power

Mazda has revealed it will unveil a new sports car concept at the Tokyo motor show – prompting speculation it could be a forerunner to a new, rotary-engined Mazda RX-8 road car.

So far, Mazda has only issued a shadowy teaser picture showing the car is a coupe, plus a statement claiming the car “clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage” – thought to be a direct reference to the fact the car could be rotary powered.

The statement added: “Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept. Mazda is also highlighting the brand’s unique approach to the joy of driving.”

In what is believed to be a further hint at the new concept’s rotary power source, 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.

The Mazda Koeru, a crossover SUV concept that debuted in Frankfurt in September, will also be on display.

 

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