Mazda pulled the covers off of a new rotary-engined show car dubbed the RX-Vision at the Geneva motor show, and it's impressive.
The new two-seater is said to embody the spirit of Mazda's 'Kodo – Soul of Motion' design language but it simultaneously references the last generation RX-7, the last rotary engined model produced before the company decided to incorporate half doors to ease rear seat access on the 2+2-seat RX-8.
The RX-Vision's front-engined, rear-drive layout allows for classic RX-model proportions, maintaining a sense of lineage and authenticity. Its width to height ratio, short overhangs and generous dash to axle make the model immediately recognizable as a serious sports car, while its tumblehome is reminiscent of some luxury British sports cars and the headlamp treatment is near identical to that of the 2010 Citroen Survolt concept.
The interior is a blend of the contemporary and the traditional. The design team pursued an ultimately simple yet powerful image, fusing the tactility of painstakingly handcrafted work with a sophisticated, machined-finish ambience.
Intricate instrumentation gives the cockpit a true mechanical appeal, which, in combination with the simple instrument panel and leather trim incorporating a saddle motif on the center tunnel, creates an interior atmosphere that speaks of handcrafted warmth and quality.