The rotary is about to make a comeback!
Scrapped from Mazda’s line-up when the RX-8 was discontinued in 2012, the company announced the return of its rotary engine in a new sports car concept, the Mazda RX Vision at last November’s Tokyo motor Show.
Billed as the spiritual successor of the RX-7, the low-slung coupe concept, a precursor to the RX-9, showed off the brand’s newgeneration rotary engine, the Skyactiv-R. However, there are still technical difficulties to overcome, not the least of which are tightening emissions regulations.
The rotary-powered Mazda RX-7 with the pop-up headlights ceased production in 2002. The sports coupe has a special place in pop culture, featuring in movies, video games and animated serials, not to mention its racetrack victories.
The iconic Mazda RX-7 still has plenty of snap, crackle and pop-up.