Mazda is bringing a new sports car concept to the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese automaker teased the new coupe, which is heavily obscured by shadow, in a black and white image released today.
Shot from the left rear three-quarter view, the new sports car appears to have a fastback/liftback style rear roofline that flows into the short rear deck lid. The concept also has a long hood alluding to a long dash-to-axle ratio. The rake of the windshield, side mirror placement, and door cut lines hint that the concept could be based off the ND chassis of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Mazda says the design of the new sports car concept "is modern but maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost to condense Mazda's entire history of sports car development into a single model."
In addition to four generations of the MX-5 Miata, past Mazda sports cars include the rotary-powered Cosmo Sport, RX-2 and RX-3 coupes, as well as three generations of the RX-7 and the four-door RX-8 sports cars. A 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport will also be on display on Mazda's auto show stand. Other display vehicles include the Mazda Koeru concept, two racing-spec Mazda MX-5 Miata roadsters, and more.
Of course, it's entirely possible that this concept could preview Mazda's long rumored next-gen rotary sports car. Last we heard, Mazda was shelving the successor to the RX-7 and RX-8 to focus on its mainstream models. After all, a rotary engine doesn't exactly fit into Mazda's efficiency-focused Skyactiv brand image. But maybe the automaker has figured out a way to make its rotary pass emissions and get decent fuel economy. Who knows? Mazda might just decide to stuff one of its Skyactiv gas four-cylinder engines under the hood instead.
What might mazda's sports coupe concept hint at? We'll find out at the Tokyo show in late October.