Mazda may be close to confirming plans for an all-new, rotary-powered sports car to fill the void left by the RX-8 which bowed out of production in 2012. The Japanese automaker today released a single teaser shot of a new sports car concept that makes its debut late next month at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and it's possible the concept previews a future production model powered by a rotary engine.

Mazda has long been rumored to be working on a new rotary-powered sports car, with a launch either in 2017 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Cosmo Sport (Mazda’s first rotary-powered car and the first volume production car to feature such an engine), or perhaps in 2020 to coincide with Tokyo’s hosting of the Olympic Games.

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Few details were released along with the teaser. Mazda only states that the concept features a modern design, albeit one influenced by the automaker’s sports cars of the past. Incidentally, Mazda will showcase alongside the new concept an original 1967 Cosmo Sport as well as some additional heritage models.

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show gets underway October 29 for the media, so more details should surface soon. In the meantime, see what else will be at the show via our dedicated hub.


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