At the 2023 Tokyo Mobility Show, the stunning Mazda Iconic SP concept car was revealed. Previewing a rotary-powered range extender sports car for the future, the Iconic SP shows that Mazda – thankfully – hasn’t given up on the idea of such a car. Naturally for 2023, the Iconic SP is powered by a hybridised drivetrain – in this case, it’s a hybrid powered by a petrol rotary-powered generator.
Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO made the following comment: “Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives. 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.”
Under the bonnet of the Mazda Iconic SP concept car is a two-rotor EV system, which uses a rotary engine as a range extender powerplant to send power to the battery, which then sends power to the wheels. The total power is quoted as 272kW, which is twice as powerful as the current 135kW MX-5 sports car. The Iconic SP’s weight is quoted as 1,450kg, with a power to weight ratio of 3:9. According to Mazda, the rotary engine that can burn various fuels such as hydrogen.
The Iconic SP measures 4,180mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,150mm tall, riding on a 2,590mm wheelbase. That makes it 100mm shorter and 200mm lower than the Toyota GR86 – but 75mm wider. According to Mazda, the Iconic SP has a 50:50 weight distribution.
The Mazda Iconic SP concept car might make it to production one day – we sure hope it does! Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.