True Mazda fans have lamented the absence of both a rotary and the RX line of cars since the demise of the RX-8 in 2012. There may just be some light up ahead.
Leading up to the Tokyo Motor Show, which happens at the end of this month, Mazda has dropped a teaser photo of a new sports car that will be unveiled at the show. With no name being given, the Mazda press release states: “The design of the sports car concept to be unveiled in Tokyo is modern yet maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost to condense Mazda’s entire history of sports car development into a single model.”
There are many who hope that the sleek looking coupe is going to be the RX-9. There are other things that are pointing in this direction.
A few months ago, the internet buzzed with the subtle news that Mazda was indeed still working on the development of a rotary engine. Sporty new coupe and a rotary? Sounds promising.
Around the same time, Mazda Motorsports boss John Doonan made a comment that one of the team’s Tudor Series race cars had stayed back at the shop where work was moving forward on developing a new powertrain for next season.
The massive, violent torque of the diesel option has led to disappointing reliability for the team and those Lola chassis have proven successful in the past with rotary power. Given Mazda’s desire to have race cars that are directly related to a production model, it makes sense that a rotary that is destined for a new RX car would be developed on the track.