Mazda debuted a real looker today at the Japan Mobility Show with its sporty Iconic SP concept. And under its swoopy design and brilliant Viola Red paint job, the automaker has built a futuristic take on one of its most iconic and historic features – the rotary engine.
This time, the two-rotor powerplant acts only as a generator to power batteries for its extended-range electric vehicle (EREV). The centre-mounted engine – smaller and lighter than a traditional piston-powered mill – will be powered by a carbon-neutral fuel. As is with most concepts, there is no information on battery size or range, but Mazda does reveal it will have more than 360 hp, a 50/50 weight distribution, low centre of gravity and will weigh just 1,450 kg.
“Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives,” said Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO. “As a car-loving company that mass-produces the inspiring mobility experience, we are committed to shaping the future with our partners sharing the same goal, as well as our fans, where everyone can proudly say, ‘we love cars.’ With such a strong will, Mazda is committed to enrich life-in-motion for those we serve.”