Geneva Motor Show LIVE: RX-VISION Concept

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The possible successor of the Mazda RX-8 model has made its European debut at Geneva in the form of a Concept version that features a rotary engine.

Many enthusiasts are waiting from Mazda to further develop its famous rotary engine and to bring a worthy successor of the popular RX-8. And their hopes are not in vain, as Mazda brought last year at the Tokyo Auto Show the highly-anticipated RX-VISION Concept. The time has come now for it to be unveiled in Europe, at the Geneva Auto Show. The sports car concept is powered by a next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine, the unconventional technology that is perhaps the most compelling symbol of the carmaker’s challenger spirit. Featuring a unique interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy, the RX- VISION is Mazda’s vision of the ultimate sports car, a two-door, two-seat, front-engine, rear-drive car that could bring more excitement models in the near future. The concept has an aggressive front fascia, a front lip spoiler, a prominent front grille, a rakish windscreen, front fender vents, rear diffuser, large alloy wheels, ventilated hood and a dual exhaust system, among others.

There are some rumors saying that the Japanese automaker might bring to the public a production version of the concept next year, when the company is also scheduling ample celebrations because the rotary engine will turn 50. According to the sources, Mazda has already proceeded with testing of a “16X” hybrid turbo rotary unit that comes with a dual-800 cc rotor setup and will churn out more than 455 PS (335 kW).