Rotary fans should start getting excited as it seems that we could see the Mazda RX-Vision due in a GT Sport update this week. The RX-Vision GT3 Concept was originally revealed at the GT Sport World Finals back in November 2019 with a design sketch, and more images appeared back in March 2020.
The arrival was teased in a tweet from Polyphony Digital CEO and father of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi on Sunday, May 17th, 2020.
That silhouette looks pretty familiar to anyone who has seen the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept images…
And it fits pretty well with the prediction in March that it would arrive in the game on May 25th, 2020.
What we know about the car is that it’s based on the RX-Vision GT3 unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, with a front mid-engine and low centre of gravity giving a 48/52 weight distribution.
It also puts out 562bhp, with a weight of 1250kg, and a 2700mm wheelbase. The dimensions of the Mzda are 4590mm long, 2075mm wide, and 1120 high. So it should be low, stable and handle pretty well.
But the most interesting element hasn’t been revealed yet. The RX designation suggests a rotary engine, which Mazda hasn’t produced since 2012.
So it could follow on from the Mazda Furai, which has appeared in games including Gran Turismo, Forza, GRID, Asphalt, Real Racing 3 and GT Racing. That concept car was able to put out 450bhp from a modified 20B 3-rotor wankel engine, but sadly ended up destroyed in a fire during a Top Gear photo shoot.
Obviously, any motorsport fan will remember the legendary Mazda 787 and 787B Group C cars from the early 1990s, which took a Le Mans win in 1991. That 4-rotor wankel was limited to 650hp for racing, but could put out as much as 900hp.
And there’s the favourite from my childhood, the Mazda RX-500. Which was the Matchbox toy of dreams for Japanese car fans at the time, and is already included in GT Sport, alongside the RX-7 GT-X and Spirit R Type A.
The last GT Sport update was on April 23rd, which brought the Toyota GR Supra RZ into the game. We know that updates will be smaller and less frequent as everyone looks forward to the next title in the Gran Turismo series, and the PlayStation 5.
But in the meantime, you can keep up with all the latest GT Sport news, updates and eSports coverage here. And check on what’s included in the game as it nears conclusion with the GT Sport car list, and GT Sport track list.