The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off this week and all eyes are on Mazda, anticipating the sports car concept they’ve been teasing with a shadowy image for weeks now. And guess what? Despite our (completely justified) initial skepticism, the car will indeed have a rotary engine after all. Holy crap.

I’m so excited right now, my brain just blew its own apex seals.

This news comes from the UK’s Autocar, quoting the company’s head of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara:

Speaking to Autocar, Fujiwara said: “People think rotary can not meet modern Eco demands. The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting edge tech. It is an essential part of our DNA and it just be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Some time in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R.”

SkyActiv-R! That makes sense and is good and wonderful. Mazda’s own president and CEO, a guy who just a few years ago seemed dismissive of the rotary, added this about the concept:

Mazda president and CEO Masamichi Kogai said: “It is a two-door, two-seater. It is a pure sports car design. We have MX-5 and another icon is a rotary sports car. We haven’t talked about market reach but this would be in that segment.” Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda added that the concept “represents our dream, but we don’t want it to be a dream too long.”

Kogai added “the targets are strict, rotary engines have lots of issues, and we need to solve each of them,” but alluded to the possibility of production within a few years.

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Hey, that’s awesome news. Fans of spinning triangles have waited a long time for the return of an engine very central to Mazda’s heritage, and this time they may just be able to nail it right.

I can’t wait to see the full concept at Tokyo this week.


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