There is perhaps nothing for which Mazda is better known than its rotary engines. They’re what made the RX series so popular across the world in the 70s and 80s, and they’re what powered the incredible Mazda 787B to victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans.
And from what we hear from Motoring.au, the rotary-powered RX sports car might be making a comeback at the Tokyo Motor Show. The official teaser image shows a curvy, two-door coupe that Mazda is allegedly calling the RX-9, and whose looks are highly reminiscent of the Cosmo Sport, the automaker’s first rotary-powered vehicle.
According to Motoring.au, the new engine could be a 1.6-liter two-rotor equipped with a two-stage electric turbocharger and paired with a hybrid powertrain, all of which combined could output up to 450 horsepower.
Regardless of how close to the truth they’ve come, we’d love to see a rotary-powered car return to Lancaster Mazda!