We’re still hoping that Mazda will hurry up and launch a brand new front-engine, RWD sports car, with the company’s KODO design characteristics, as well as a next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary power unit.
Such a model was teased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in concept form, featuring short overhangs and a stubby rear. Dubbed RX-Vision, the concept measured 4,389 mm (14.4 ft) in length, 1,925 mm (6.3 ft) in width and stood 1,160 mm (3.8 ft) tall.
Right now, it’s hard to say if and how close the Japanese automaker is to unveiling a production version of that concept, although we did spot a suspicious-looking RX-8 mule last year undergoing track tests at the Nurburgring.
As for a new rotary engine, some reports indicate that it could be a turbocharged 1.6-liter two-rotor unit, dishing out around 400 HP. Meanwhile, other voices claim it could be a hybrid rotary engine, with roughly 450 HP.
This RX-9 render by Carscoops reader Sean Sweeney does a good job showing us what the RX-Vision could look like in production guise. The overall form factor and design lines remain unchanged, as Sweeney only added a few badges, license plates, new wheels, door handles, parking sensors and side mirrors.
We reckon that just about any car enthusiast would be thrilled to see the RX-Vision take shape into something real, while retaining its sleek concept looks. With as much power as previously mentioned, it could go against anything from the Porsche Cayman to the Jaguar F-Type.