One of the most exciting news to come out of the Japan Mobility Show 2023 was possibly the notion of the rebirth of the legendary RX-7. OK. The Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car is not quite a successor of the RX-7 – at least Mazda did not explicitly say it is. In any case, it sure has the heart and spirit of it. And ‘heart and spirit’ is lent to it by a hybrid twin-rotor rotary motor.

Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car

That’s right, folks. The rotary lives on but with a little boost from an electric motor. It is a development we have been anticipating since 2018. The concept of a dual-rotor rotary EV system offers a versatile and scalable engine design that can utilize a range of fuels, including hydrogen. This unique Mazda technology is exceptionally well-suited for sports car configurations due to its flexibility and adaptability.

Furthermore, if the vehicle’s battery is charged using electricity generated from renewable sources, it can achieve a nearly carbon-neutral operational state. Well, that sounds like an emission-free vehicle without destroying the heritage. This is going to make rotary ICE enthusiasts very, very happen.

Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car

All told the Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car’s hybrid twin-rotor rotary engine puts out a healthy 370 PS (about 365 horsepower). It is heftier than the FD though, coming in at 1,450 kilograms (3,197 lbs).

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Aesthetically, we can see it has a modernized FD RX-7 line. It has an RX-8 crossed MX-5 front end, a low CG, and a rear end that reminds us of the Lotus Elise and Ferrari 550 Maranello. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of the Tesla-ish styling but over the little time I have writing this and going through the press photos, that look kind of grows on me. Well, just a little.

Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car
Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car
Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car
Mazda ICONIC SP Concept Car

Images: Mazda [JP].

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