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Oh yes, folks, Mazda is bringing rotary engines back! It has just been confirmed in Tokyo that the Mazda Sports Concept that will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show this week will indeed feature a Wankel motor. Not only that, the technology has been given a brand name – Mazda SkyActiv-R. Sounds good, no?

The rotary-powered concept’s reveal will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the very first rotary Mazda hitting the streets, according to the brand. At the Tokyo show, it will be displayed next to a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda’s first rotary-powered mass-production model.

It’s said that the concept previews a new breed of rotary engines. “In the not too distant future, rotary will return,” announced Mazda’s head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara. Mazda design head, Ikuo Maeda then said that “this model represents our dream, but we’re not going to let it stay a dream forever.”

It’s pretty clear, then, that Mazda is dead set on bringing SkyActiv-R rotary-powered machines into production in the near future. Will it be a new RX model? The RX-9, perhaps?