Mazda Unveils Iconic SP Concept with Rotary Engine at Japan Mobility Show
The Iconic SP Concept, featuring a 365-horsepower rotary engine, showcases Mazda's dedication to driving enjoyment and sustainability.
At the Japan Mobility Show, Mazda made a spectacular entrance with the debut of the Iconic SP Concept, a remarkable sports car that incorporates a long-awaited feature for enthusiasts: a rotary engine. With its design reminiscent of Mazda’s Vision Study from the previous year, this fixed-roof sports car is slightly larger than the current MX-5 Miata, igniting a sense of nostalgia and anticipation for a continuation of the RX-7’s legacy.
However, unlike the legendary RX-7, the Iconic SP employs its two-rotor engine not to drive the wheels directly but to charge a battery of undisclosed capacity. This battery, in turn, provides power to an unspecified electric motor setup. While specific details about the R-EV’s powertrain remain a mystery, one thing is certain – it packs a punch, delivering a robust 365 horsepower. Mazda’s innovation doesn’t stop there; the rotary engine can run on various fuels, including hydrogen and renewable fuels, and the battery can be recharged via a standard home outlet.