For the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Mazda has just unveiled the RX-Vision. The sports car previews a successor to the Mazda RX-8 and while the automaker hasn’t announced just when the production-spec model will launch, 2017 seems likely given it will be the 50th anniversary since Mazda’s first rotary-powered car was created.
The Mazda RX-Vision measures 4389 mm long, 1925 mm wide and 1160 mm high and is complete with a 2700 mm wheelbase. That means it is shorter yet wider and lower than the RX-8. Its sleek profile is accentuated by the large 20-inch wheels with 245 mm rubber at the front and 285 at the rear.
Unsurprisingly, the car makes use of Mazda’s existing Kodo design language and unlike many other sports car concepts, the RX-Vision doesn’t look too far off from being ready for the production line. Some of its most eye-catching design elements include the interesting slimline headlights with a swooping semi-circle LED daytime running light just above the headlight housing itself. Elsewhere, the front is characterised by prominent body lines and curves, particularly along the elongated bonnet and the air intakes.
Additionally, the Mazda RX-Vision includes low-profile wing mirrors and a two-door design rather than the curious four-door design of the RX-8. The rear is made noteworthy thanks to the short decklid, steeply raked window, simple taillights and dual circular exhaust pipes. Inside is a simple three-spoke steering wheel, a flowing black dashboard as well as a gauge cluster with the red line set at 8000 rpm.
Mazda has yet to reveal what powers the RX-Vision other than the fact that it is its latest-generation rotary engine dubbed SKYACTIV-R.