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Mazda teases new sports car concept

Snapshot: Could preview a much awaited new RX model.

Mazda has started the teasing game for a new sports car concept which will be officially introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show towards the end of next month. Details are scarce right now, but the Japanese marque says it will take the shape of an authentic and modern coupe which will condense the company’s sports car development history into just one model.

From what we can see in the attached teaser image, the new sports car concept from Mazda appears to have a very long hood and an inclined roofline creating a very appealing profile for what is believed to be a preview of a new RX-badged model. The concept also has cameras instead of conventional side mirrors, recessed door handles while at the back it hosts a dual exhaust system and horizontal taillights that extend onto the tailgate.

We don’t know exactly what powers the concept, but a while back we heard Mazda's sales and marketing boss Masahiro Moro hinting the coupe will have a Wankel rotary engine which means a successor of the RX-8 could finally be in the works. There are reasons to believe this will actually happen as we know from the firm’s president Masamichi Kogai they have a dedicated team working on a rotary engine which will be just as good as a conventional piston engine, but with the excitement that only a Wankel motor can provide.

One can assume a production version of the Tokyo-bound sports car concept will be ready in time for a 2017 market launch to join the smaller MX-5. We are making this assumption based on the fact that in two years Mazda will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cosmo Sport which was their first mass-produced car in the world to be equipped with a dual-rotor rotary engine.

Additional details and teaser images concerning the concept should come in the coming weeks to build up the excitement until the vehicle’s official introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

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