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Mazda RX-01

Mazda RX-01

Mazda RX-01

Mazda RX-01

Mazda RX-01 interior
Make Mazda
Model RX-01
Concept year 1995
Production year -
Engine 1.3 litre Wankel rotary


The RX-01 concept could have become the next RX-7
Unveiled at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show the Mazda RX-01 was a proposal for the next generation Mazda RX-7 sports car.

Power for the RX-01 came from a 220 horsepower, 1.3 litre Wankel rotary engine which was mounted up front. However due to the engines compact size Mazda's engineers were able to position the powerplant further back and lower than in a conventional front engined car. This location meant that the weight distribution was more balanced and the handling improved.

The styling of the RX-01 carried over the same flowing, rounded curves found on the third generation RX-7. But the RX-01 incorporated some extra features such as slim LED headlights and an integrated front spoiler which helped increase downforce over the front axle while also helping to channel air into the engine.

Despite outside appearances the interior of the Mazda RX-01 concept actually featured four seats, although the rear seats were practically useless. The seats and centre console were trimmed in black leather and contrasting red trim was used heavily throughout to enhance the sporting feel - although by todays standards it looks rather dated.

In the end the Mazda RX-01 never went into production and the RX-7 was discontinued in 2002, the RX-01 did pave the way for the Mazda RX-Evolv concept which would eventually become the RX-8.


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