At 172.8 inches by 75.8 inches, the Mazda RX-Vision is both longer and wider than the Scion FR-S and Nissan 370Z coupe, although at only 45.7 inches tall, the RX-Vision’s low-slung bodywork is even lower than an FR-S. As befits a stylish show car, 20-inch wheels fill out the fenders, shod in 245/40 tires up front and 285/35 tires in back.
The biggest news, of course, is under the hood, where Mazda has installed a next-generation rotary engine it dubs Skyactiv-R. Mazda says it kept working on rotary technology even after killing off the RX-8 in 2012 because it knows that rotaries helped build some of the company’s most passionate fans. While there are no power or displacement ratings for the new engine yet, Mazda says the Skyactiv-R solves the three critical problems that plagued previous rotary engines: poor fuel economy, elevated emissions, and questionable reliability.
It remains to be seen whether engineers have truly solved the rotary engine’s stumbling blocks, but if Mazda plans to build an RX-8 replacement that looks this good, we’ll accept whatever fuel economy ratings it returns. Keep your fingers crossed for the return of the Mazda rotary engine within the next two years.