Mazda’s long-awaited performance revival could arrive “in the near future”, with the brand’s US boss hoping that a rotary-powered RX model based on the SP Concept is just around the corner.
Those are the words from David Hodges, chairman of the Mazda Dealer Advisory Council in the United States, who told it. Automotive News that he was hopeful that we would see a production version of the SP Concept in the near future.
The SP Concept, unveiled at the 2023 Tokyo Motor Show, is a high-performance vehicle that borrows Mazda’s long-dormant rotary engine technology to feed the battery, which also captures kinetic energy to recharge. Driving power is provided through an electric motor.
Overall, the SP Concept produces 272kW, offers a 50:50 weight distribution, and weighs just 1450kg.
“Hopefully we’ll look at something in the near future that would fall somewhere else under that RX umbrella,” Hodges said. Automotive News.
“I don’t know what they would call it or how they would do it, but it was definitely well received in Japan.”
It’s an idea backed by Mazda’s biggest bosses, with the company’s global CEO, Katsuhiro Moro, saying the engine development group is already working on the project to “move closer to this dream”.
“To achieve success in the challenges of the carbon-neutral era, we will use many technical resources that go beyond the engine manual, modern internal combustion technology, and practice using Mazda’s special model – fundamental development,” he said. .
“The technical challenges we have to overcome are not so easy, but I hope we can take steps towards a new chapter.”
That chapter may not include gasoline, though, and Mazda saying the cycle in the Iconic SP “can burn a variety of fuels such as hydrogen” or other non-carbon fuels, and “is highly destructive”.