RX-8 take 2? Mazda sports car concept bound for Tokyo 2015

Published: 30 September 2015

► Mazda to reveal new sports car concept
► Will be displayed at 2015 Tokyo show
► Plunging roofline, classic proportions 

Mazda has confirmed it will display a new sports car concept at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, and has issued a solitary shadow-shrouded preview image.

The accompanying blurb from Mazda describes the car as having a ‘modern look’, but there’s something really rather retro about the smooth surfacing, curved windowline and classic coupe roof treatment on show in the teaser pic, to these eyes.

‘Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage,’ is the official line. ‘Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept.’ Expect more than a few design hat-tips to classic Mazda sports cars when the lights are switched on, then.

A new rotary age?

It’s no coincidence that Mazda will also be displaying a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S on its stand – the first mass-produced rotary-engined Mazda. Could the new sports car concept also be rotary powered, like the RX-7 and RX-8 of the recent past? The RX-8 ended production in 2012, and the MX-5’s been missing a big brother sports car to play with since…

Stay tuned for more info soon. Click here to read CAR’s 2008 first drive of the original Mazda RX-8.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer