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The rotary engine has been a staple in Mazda’s brand imagine since the early 1960s, but in nearly every revision it seemed to misbehave. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that Mazda continued development on the rotary after the RX-8s death in 2012. Since then, a team of engineers in Hiroshima have works to enable the Mazda to meet today’s stringent emissions requirements.

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Today, we we’re given our first taste of this new engine dubbed the “SKYACTIV-R”, and we know virtually nothing about it. There have been no hints as to power output, forced-induction, although it will have an 8000rpm redline.

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Tucked under the low hood-line of the RX-VISION, it appears to be mated to a manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels.

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Though hints of the RX-8 and FD RX-7 can be found, this new car appears to be more of a grand-tourer than a barebones sports car. Its long hood and flowing lines suggest elegance as opposed to lap times inspired this creation. Mind you this is strictly a concept, and if anything remotely resembling this makes it to show-room floors it’ll look radically different. Until then, we’re just glad to hear that our rotary prayers have been answered.

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