The return of the rotary?
It’s been an on-again, off-again rumor for a few years now and, quite frankly, we were getting a bit tired of wondering whether or not there was any truth to it: Will Mazda do a rotary-powered successor to the RX-8? After many denials, counter denials, and plenty of bullshit in between, Mazda has just announced that it’ll debut a new sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next month. Only a single teaser image has been released but, hey, at least it’s proof.
Mazda claims “the design of the sports car concept…maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost to condense (the automaker’s) entire history of sports car development into a single model.” And when Mazda mentions “entire history of sports car development,” one engine type specifically comes to mind: the Wankel rotary. Bear in mind that Mazda’s 100th anniversary is coming up in 2020 and launching a state-of-the-art rotary-engined sports car would be a mighty fine idea; rotary engines have only been a part of the automaker’s history since 1963. So stay tuned because late next month Mazda will finally put those rumors to rest once and for all.